National Geographic Article Features Tsunamis and Pacific Northwest

Posted in National Geographic Magazine February Edition 2012

What makes this article a must-read?

This article interviews Kerry Sieh the Director of Earth Observatory in Singapore. Sieh is world’s famous paleoseismologists. He highlights his top three areas of concern for Tsunamis activity in the future. They extend from the Manilla Trench in the Phillipines, to the Sunda Megathrust in Singapore, and most directly the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 mile long fault line that runs from Northern California to Bristish Columbia.

Is the Cascadia Subduction Zone really a priority?

According the article, studies of seafloor sediment traced up and down the Pacific Northwest Coast suggest that earthquakes consistently taken place there every 250 to 500 years.
Additionally, when it does rupture scientist believe it will be as large as the Japan Tsunami and will reach the coast in 20 minutes.

What does this mean for you and how can the Red Cross help?

While we can’t control the timing of natural disasters we do have control over our level of preparedness. The Oregon Red Cross offers community preparedness presentations or what is known as Together We Prepare.

Typically these presentations last about 1 hour but they can be tailored depending on the needs of the audience. They cover natural disasters in depth and how to make a 72 hour survival kit. By taking these steps, you’ll be able to respond safely and with confidence in a variety of emergency situations. Simple steps that can ultimately save lives.


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