Risk Of Cascadia Quake Elevated As Puget Sound ‘Slow Slip’ Event Begins

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Experts are suggesting that residents of the Cascadia Subduction Zone (spanning the Pacific coast from northern California to British Columbia) make sure that they have emergency stores of food and water on hand. On February 22, seismologists detected activity known as a slow-slip event in the tectonic plates in the area. Slow-slip events are described as slow, continuous earthquakes, which they estimate will occur over two weeks. The events themselves are not serious but seismologists say that they stress the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which increases the chances of more serious seismic activity. One 4.2 magnitude earthquake has already been detected in the area, and could possibly be a precursor to one even larger. Experts stated that while slow-slip events occur on a semi-annual basis, a worst case scenario that triggered a 9.0 magnitude quake would see the destruction of homes and utilities and potentially 13,000 fatalities. While not likely, experts stress that being prepared can never hurt.

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Risk Of Cascadia Quake Elevated As Puget Sound ‘Slow Slip’ Event Begins

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