Cascadia's Fault: The Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America

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There’s a crack in the earth’s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction Zone has generated massive earthquakes over and over again throughout geologic time—at least 36 major events in the last 10,000 years. This fault generates a monster earthquake about every 500 years. And the monster is due to return at any time. It could happen 200 years ...

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There’s a crack in the earth’s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction Zone has generated massive earthquakes over and over again throughout geologic time—at least 36 major events in the last 10,000 years. This fault generates a monster earthquake about every 500 years. And the monster is due to return at any time. It could happen 200 years from now, or it could be tonight.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is virtually identical to the offshore fault that wrecked Sumatra in 2004. It will generate the same earthquake we saw in Sumatra, at magnitude 9 or higher, sending crippling shockwaves across a far wider area than any California quake. Slamming into Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver, it will send tidal waves to the shores of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, damaging the economies of the Pacific Rim countries and their trading partners for years to come.

In light of recent massive quakes in Haiti, Chile, and Mexico, Cascadia’s Fault not only tells the story of this potentially devastating earthquake and the tsunamis it will spawn, it also warns us about the impending crisis almost unprecedented in modern history.

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The recent seismic catastrophe in Japan is a foretaste of a similar cataclysm brewing in America, according to this alarming geological exposé. Thompson, a former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter and documentarian, investigates the Cascadia Subduction Zone, an 800-mile-long fault where the ocean floor slowly grinds away underneath the North American continental plate. The fault has a millennia-long history of causing major quakes, including magnitude-9 monsters and 90-foot waves that could lay waste to Vancouver, Seattle, and dozens of coastal towns. But because no written records of this history exist and the fault has been quiescent since 1700, geologists were unaware of the danger. How they uncovered the violent history of this deceptively placid area, long a subject of academic controversy, is the fascinating scientific detective story at the heart of Thompson's account. He follows along as researchers piece together clues from ocean sediment core samples and tree rings, antique Japanese manuscripts, and laser gadgets and GPS devices that measure the inch-a-year movements of mountain chains; he blanches as their computer models illustrate the devastating impact of tsunamis and the fatal rhythms through which skyscrapers resonate to a temblor's shocks. The result is a lucid, engrossing look at the Earth's subtle dynamics—and a timely warning about their awesome power very close to home. (June)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781582436432
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Highly Recommended - especially if you live in or travel in the Pacific NW

    A must read for anyone unfamiliar (or familiar) with the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of northern California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, BC. In depth, credible, and fascinating although tedious reading in spots. There are few graphics except for the first few pages and no links to references keeps it from getting 5 stars. I’ve been interested in the subject for a long time and have spent lots of time at the USGS and other sites over the years including Earthquakes Canada. This book has motivated me to increase my earthquake preparedness for home and work, since work is almost on the Hayward Fault. The book has also added an element of increased awareness for those time when I’m at the (any) seashore. Jerry Thompson’s writing kept me glued to the book until that last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Recommended

    This a must read for all of us that live on the west coast. Be prepared as the detailed earthquake information will give you chills. The main object is to make the citizens aware of being prepared for the BIG one. Sit down with the family and have a serious discussion of your plans to survive.

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