The Big One
I posted a week ago about the oh-600-or-so smallish earthquakes rumbling off the Oregon Coast. Now here’s an article telling me that an earthquake slated to register 9.0 on the richter scale is a-comin’. Makes me think I should really look into getting that home-owner’s insurance we’ve been putting off.
BTW – that’s bigger than the one predicted for Northern California, in case you were wondering. Our predicted earthquake is about the size and impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake/Tsunami.
It’s sad to think that my beloved Oregon Coast is in peril. I suppose that’s why I love visiting it as much as I can – for as long as I can. This type of information worries me though – cause my beloved Robertson family is nestled in Tidewater, Oregon.
I’m assuming that the Tsunami would completely wipe out the coastal towns. And I’m not sure how much further in it would push. I know the earthquake impact zone would include Portland, and could topple building and bridges. The idea of losing our famous bridges… well, I don’t like to think about it. Let alone, the death toll of this event – which would radiate from Northern California up into Victoria BC. It would devastate the Pacific NW. 😦
And for the record – California is FUCKED. The Cascadia Subduction Zone and the San Andreas Fault are destined to basically wipe that whole state off the map.
My thoughts on the totality of these “warnings”: Let’s do something now. Let’s “preemptively strike” our cities and coast for what we know is coming. Let’s avoid being the Hurricane Katrina of the West Coast.
It looks likes we’re already starting – but it’s slow steps. I guess slow steps are the only way the government knows how to address things like natural disasters. National disasters – those happen much quicker. 😉
Much Love, Mindy C