Study: Offshore Fault Where The ‘Big One’ Originates Eerily Quiet – NW News Network

Earthquake prediction is still in it’s infancy, but this latest method of listening to the earth’s crust may hold a worthwhile story. If nothing else, it’s worth checking your preparedness at home and work. Some ideas:

– Make sure you have a couple of weeks worth of food and water in reserve, best in your garage or not in your immediate home.
– Carrying a spare crowbar, boots and work gloves in the trunk of your car has been shown to be some of the most useful tools to have right after a major earthquake. This is ridiculously cheap preparedness.
– Since it’s winter, also have warm clothes available outside of your home.
– Keep spare shoes, gloves and flashlights and maybe some money, handy under your bed. If the earth shifts during night, you want to find these three things immediately in the dark.

Here’s the latest research that is indicating something is building out off the coast.

The fault zone expected to generate the next Big One lies underwater between 40 and 80 miles offshore of the Pacific Northwest coastline. Earthquake scientists have listening posts along the coast from Vancouver Island to Northern California. But those onshore seismometers have detected few signs of the grinding and slipping you would expect to see as one tectonic plate dives beneath another, with the exception of the junctions on the north and south ends of what is formally known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

It is “a puzzle” according to University of Oregon geophysics professor Doug Toomey. “What is extraordinary is that all of Cascadia is quiet. It’s extraordinarily quiet when you compare it to other subduction zones globally,” Toomey said in an interview.

There’s a lot more to this story worth reading. Check it out.

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