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Jul. 20, 2015 The New Yorker

On Jul, 20, 2015 The New Yorker’s Kathryn Schulz wrote “The Really Big One” about the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade subduction zone. Centered offshore of Portland Oregon, it is larger and more dangerous than the San Andreas fault line in California. There is a major earthquake in this area every 240 years. Since the last major earthquake was in 1700 or 315 years ago, the next one is overdue by 75 years. “By the time the shaking has ceased and  the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska, says, “Our operations assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Think about that when you buy real estate in the Pacific Northwest.

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