Aug 2 - High Chance of Major Oregon Quake
|Aug 2 - High Chance of Major Oregon Quake|
The western US state of Oregon has a 40 percent chance in the next half-century of suffering a massive earthquake on the scale of Japan's 2011 disaster, a study said Wednesday.
The Pacific Northwest -- from the Oregon-California border to Vancouver Island in Canada -- has endured 19 huge earthquakes of around 8.7-9.2 magnitude over the past 10,000 years, Oregon State University researchers said.
An additional 22 major earthquakes have impacted only the southern part of the so-called Cascadia fault that runs from the Oregon areas of Coos Bay to Newport, the study said.
"The southern margin of Cascadia has a much higher recurrence level for major earthquakes than the northern end and, frankly, it is overdue for a rupture," the study's lead author Chris Goldfinger said in a statement.
The study, published online by the US Geological Survey, estimated a 40 percent chance of a major earthquake around Coos Bay, Oregon, over the next 50 years.
It said that the earthquake could be on the scale of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck in the Pacific Ocean near Japan on March 11, 2011. Some 19,000 people died as the tremor set off a devastating tsunami.
But Oregon has far fewer preparations in place than Japan, which is one of the world's most earthquake-prone nations.
The Oregon State University study billed itself as the most comprehensive yet, which is based on 13 years of research including[..]essments of sediment to determine past seismic events.
Oregon already had an oral history of earthquakes, with Native Americans speaking of a giant tremor in around 1700.
Earthquake preparedness has triggered a major political debate in Oregon, with advocates warning that many schools and other buildings would be woefully inadequate in the event of a giant disaster.
Critics say that the massive cost of upgrading Oregon's infrastructure could be devoted to more pressing priorities for residents such as building roads.
|Latest News Hot Topics »||share this topic »|| |
|08-03-2012, 10:02 AM||away - #2|
damn i know that !! would effect washington greatly also.. i was just in portland yesterday and it would suck for somethin tragic to happen to that place.. great people and great atmosphere.
|08-03-2012, 01:09 PM||away - #3|
Yeah we have been overdue for awhile, unfortunately nobody really takes it all that seriously.
|08-03-2012, 09:00 PM||away - #4|
sucks to be yah niccas[pic]
imma still pray for my boxden niccas out there[pic]
stay safe and dont be by any windows[pic]
|08-03-2012, 11:15 PM||away - #5|
| Url Night Of Main Events 3 Line-up Announced!! |
New reply 12 minutes ago - 66 comments - by Zaosyn
| Lupe Fiasco – Animal Pharm |
New reply 2 hours ago - 67 comments - by SM
| The Official Xbox Reveal Thread |
New reply 48 minutes ago - 1562 comments - by moe4484
| NBA (video) 22yr Old Kobe Bryant's #classic Playoff Game 4... |
New reply 2 hours ago - 64 comments - by lefthookright
| NBA The Offical Eastern Conference Finals Game Thread: (3)... |
New reply 1 hour ago - 2263 comments - by Kobane
| Go Long Drizzy Miguel With The Interception |
New reply 2 hours ago - 74 comments - by FRESCO THE 13TH
| Backward Compatibility Is 'backwards' Thinking, Says M... |
New reply 1 hour ago - 73 comments - by Jesszman
| Chief Keef: Nerdiest 911 Call Ever "they Were Rol... |
New reply 2 hours ago - 80 comments - by djyouknow
|Join us on Facebook. Check out the BX fan page and hit the Like button.||Follow BX on Twitter to get instant hot topic alerts.||Enter your email address below and receive a daily hot topic newsletter.|
|5,314 fans of BX | none new today||4,292 following and 1 new today|