316th Anniversary of “The Big One”

Worth a read and maybe make sure you have your preparations updated.

“Last big Cascadia earthquake struck 316 years ago today”

The Red Cross recommends that people take the following steps to prepare for an earthquake: • Practice “drop, cover and hold on” in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.

• Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed in case the earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.

• Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances, bookcases, china cabinets and tall furniture to wall studs.

• Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.

• Keep and maintain an emergency supply kit in an easy-to-access location.

Also, I read years ago, an article by a guy who was first on the scene in the San Francisco Earthquake of 1989. He said that he found the three things he needed the most were:

  • Leather gloves
  • Heavy work boots (for walking on broken windows, doors, wood with nails in it)
  • Crowbar

All these things can be kept in the trunk of a car, or out in an RV if you have one. I’ve always carried a short crow bar, and leather gloves in my car, and usually try to stuff a pair of older boots in as well.

http://www.pamplinmedia.com/lor/48-news/290462-167860-last-big-cascadia-earthquake-struck-316-years-ago-today

 

 

Earthquake Warnings – B.C. megathrust earthquake will rip earth open like a zipper says expert

We know that we live with the possibility of a massive earthquake, very likely in our lifetimes. I want to continue putting these warnings out there so that none of us get complacent. I carry a tire iron and gloves in my trunks, and a hand crank flashlight, which I have read from first responders to the SF Quake of 89 were critical to have on hand. I also make sure I have gallons of water in the garage, and spare gloves and shoes under my bed. If I survive it, I’ll hopefully be in shape to help those who aren’t so fortunate. The notion, in this story, that a four story tsunami hit Japan after the last big one here, is quite sobering.

Last megathrust earthquake off B.C. coast in 1700 generated a four story tsunami in Japan nine hours later. A Natural Resources Canada seismologist says the odds of ‘big one’ occurring in next 50 years are one in 10. Dirk Meissner reports. (The Canadian Press)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-megathrust-earthquake-will-rip-earth-open-like-a-zipper-says-expert-1.2917261

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.

http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/study-offshore-fault-where-big-one-originates-eerily-quiet

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