Ready for the big one? Guest speaker at USU to address earthquake risk May 19 | USU Media Relations

By: Mary-Ann Muffoletto | ISI Media Relations
Posted: May 17, 2011

It’s startling to comprehend but the death toll for the recent earthquake in Japan, likely the best prepared country on the planet, has surpassed the combined number of American deaths suffered in the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“It’s a sobering exercise to contemplate how we might have fared had an earthquake of similar magnitude struck along the Cascadia fault beneath Washington and Oregon,” says Tim Melbourne, professor of geological sciences at Central Washington University and director of the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array. “The Pacific Northwest’s vulnerability to seismic destruction matches Japan’s, but its readiness does not.” (READ FULL STORY…)

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