Cascadia Megaquake - Part 1 | Current science on earthquake source and related hazardsBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources
May 18, 2017
Is the Pacific Northwest ready 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a large tsunami? Geoscience data and information collected over the last 30 years shows that multiple giant earthquakes and associated local tsunamis have struck the Pacific Northwest (including Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Southwestern British Columbia) for at least the past 10,000 years. The 800-mile Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ), which stretches from northern California to southern British Columbia, is the main source of these earthquakes and accompanying tsunamis. The webinar series will look at the science and engineering associated with the earthquake source, the hazards, current strategies to mitigate loss of life, and emerging opportunities in early warning and reducing uncertainty. Part 1 of the series will highlight the work of two prominent scientists, Dr. Kelin Wang of the Geological Survey of Canada and Dr. Joan Gomberg of the U.S. Geological Survey/University of Washington.