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The first part was really interesting, then it slide into the whole we must do something collectively to minimize damage, which invariably involves government action to control the populace and their activities in certain locations.
I am quite tired of Chicken Little, even if what they forecast is true. We live until we die. We make decisions and experience consequences. Share the information, then call it good.
One egg head does a fine job of developing some knowledge, then a journalist expects all civilization to veer accordingly.
The article is so long the earthquake may happen by the time I'm finished reading it.
The description of the tsunami that would be unleashed had me seriously doubting the projection of dead at only 27,000. For such populated areas like Portland and Seattle, I imagine it will be much much worse.
Liked the information about how you can time the earthquake to get an idea of its size. That is useful info!
I believe this is true. I also believe sooner or later a large meteor will collide with earth and destor most life on this planet. I believe that the caldera under Yellowstone will one day erupt and kill a majority of Americans. And so many more inevitable calamities too. But, what's the point?
In this case I think the point is money. There has been a push for years to rebuild or tear down and rebuild all the schools and other state and local owned buildings and make them "earthquake proof" (what ever that means). Why? Because every one of those projects will be 100% union workers.
Would it be smart to make new buildings stronger and more able to withstand earthquakes? Yes. Does it make sense to spend tens of billions (maybe hundreds of billions) to tear down perfectly good buildings just so you can rebuild them because "someday" there "might" be an earthquake somewhere or another? Only if you are a Democrat politican in the pocket of the unions.
The one thing the article didn't mention was the obvious one. All of those scenic mountains - Mt. Hood, Mt Rainier, Mt. Baker - aren't these all VOLCANIC mountains? Stress like that could easily trigger a chain of Mt. St. Helens-type eruptions.
As if the article talking about the tsunami wasn't bad enough already.
Actually, there are a bunch of people who are taking this very seriously. People are aware, taking first-aid and CERT classes and joining emergency communications groups.
There is an exercise scheduled for next year:
No cell phones or landlines - the Emergency Operations Center will be deep in Eastern Washington so they will be free from quake damage. This means using HF and shortwave transmitters to coordinate with them - no 2 Meter or repeaters.