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originally posted by: Boscowashisnamo
a reply to: infolurker
Having lived within 20 miles of Seattle for my entire life, I have heard this meme repeated since the '64 quake. There are many factors involved, but taking all data into consideration, I don't doubt we are overdue for a major quake in our region.
We have quake-proofed our home(per utilities suggestions), set aside supplies to be self-sufficient for 60 days, and maintained insurance coverage. Past that, I have no control over what happens. It does amaze me that many I know have not taken any steps to prepare for/survive a major seismic event.
As to why the sudden hype, it appears to be a cyclic media alert every few years. I seem to remember the local affiliates running similar stories just after BHO was elected, and during the latter part of the Clinton presidency prior to that.
originally posted by: burdman30ott6
a reply to: The Vagabond
Just based on the "everything west of I-5, we assume will be toast" comment by the regional authority is enough to say that the casualties in that scenario would be monsterous. Seattle's bulk density is west of I-5. Factor in the very real probability that a major quake will destroy the crumbling Viaduct, 520 floating bridge East pylons, and potentially the I-90 bridge, and you have a whole lot of folks who are going to be stuck if a big tsunami comes into the area.
"The Big One" may not occur in the near future, but it's caused some to tremble on social media. The recent New Yorker article about the potential for a catastrophic event in the Puget Sound was also on the agenda at the Washington State Transportation Commission meeting in Seattle on Tuesday.
The commission received a special briefing from emergency managers, who for the most part agreed with much of the New Yorker article and even took it one step further.
"The truth is, we're not ready," said Peter Antolin, Deputy Director of Washington's Emergency Management Division.
He told the commission a 9.0 quake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone would cause significant damage, as the article suggested. However, he dismissed the idea that everything "west of Interstate 5 will be toast."
Breaking down the MEGA-earthquake threat "Define toast," Antonlin said.
"I think the reality is there will be pockets where people will be able to survive."
According to researchers, there has not been a major quake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone since 1700 and these type of major events happen every 300-500 years.
However, the deputy director said the article brings up a discussion that people in Western Washington need to have.
He added that the state will be better prepared after a four-day, real-time exercise next year. "Cascadia Rising 2016" will take place June 7-10, 2016.