Includes a new Afterword by the author on the 2011 Japan Earthquake, the lessons learned, and the parallel threat to North America. A new study just published by the US Geological Survey confirms and underlines many of the issued raised in the first edition of Cascadia's Fault.
There is 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 timeat least thirty-six 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 nine 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
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About the Author
Jerry Thompson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker living outside of Vancouver. For twenty years, he worked as a as a network news correspondent and a documentary film producer for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has written articles for Equinox and Vancouver magazine, and has produced and narrated a half-dozen highly regarded television documentary specials on Cascadia’s fault that received wide critical praise.
Table of Contents
Foreword Simon Winchester xi
Part 1 Tremors and Riffles
1 Mexico City: Preview of Coming Events 3
2 Lessons from the Rubble: A Front-Page Story 13
3 The Alaska Megathrust: Cascadia's Northern Cousin 29
4 Against the Wind of Convention: Plafker, Benioff, and Press 43
5 Cauldron and Crust: The Rehabilitation of Continental Drift 53
6 Nuke on a Fault: Early Clues in Humboldt Bay 61
7 Proving the Doubters Wrong: The Chile Connection 70
8 Mount St. Helens: Cascadia's Smoking Gun? 78
Part 2 Setbacks and Breakthroughs
9 Mud Cores and Lasers: The Search for Evidence 95
10 The Whoops Factor: Cascadia's True Nature Revealed 113
11 Quake Hunters: Finding Cascadia's Ghost Forest 125
12 Cedars, Peat, and Turbidites: A Tipping Point at Monmouth 134
13 Cascadia's Segmented Past: Apocalypse or Decades of Terror? 147
14 Digital Water: Catching Waves in a Computer 161
15 Defining the Zone: Hot Rocks and High Water 177
16 Cracks, Missing Rings, and Native Voices: Closing In on a Killer Quake 190
17 The Orphan Tsunami: Final Proof of Cascadia's Last Rupture 200
18 Episodic Tremor and Slip: Tracking Cascadia with GPS 212
19 Turbidite Timeline: Cascadia's Long and Violent History 221
20 When's This Going to Happen? The Problems with Prediction 233
Part 3 Shockwaves
21 Facing Reality: Cascadia Equals Sumatra 269
22 The Next Wave: Thinking the Unthinkable 278
23 Watching It Happen, Wishing It Wouldn't 288
24 Cascadia's Fault: Day of Reckoning 300
Epilogue: Survival and Resilience, a State of Mind 309
Suggestions for Further Reading 339
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
It was an informative book, and it was very well written.
You have to read this book. That's not a suggestion. That Simon Winchester wrote the introduction speaks volumes to me, as his A Crack in the Edge of the World placed the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake in its proper geological perspective. This is not only the history of a future event, but the history of its acceptance as a more than probable event within the life span of the youngest of us. Read this if you live on the West Coast!
Coming on the heels of the Japan quake of March 2011, it strikes a great balance between sensationalism and science journalism. It is a sensational event, Cascidian Earthquake. It is also a great scientific detective story of how geophysicists came to recognize that it could happen.
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.