UW Emergency Management

March 15, 2019

Off the Richter Scale … Can the Pacific Northwest prepare for the cataclysmic quake that’s coming?

Americans have long dreaded the “Big One,” a magnitude 8.0 earthquake along California’s San Andreas Fault that could one day kill thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in damage. The Big One, though, is a mere mini-me compared with the cataclysm forming beneath the Pacific Northwest.

This fascinating, and yes, quite scary article from the Winter 2019 City Journal, provides even more sobering facts and statistics detailing how bad it’s really going to be after our mega-quake.  Tick… tick.. tick…