earthquakes

Earthquake Maps
6:01 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Earthquake Maps Are Out

The U.S. Geological Survey Thursday published its first updated earthquake maps in six years
Credit usgs

The U.S. Geological Survey published its first updated earthquake maps in six years Thursday. The new maps show higher risks in the Pacific Northwest. The new maps are a synthesis of new research and up-to-date modeling techniques, applied to seismic hazards across the country.

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Great Shakeout Drill
5:11 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

'Big One' May Not Strike Inland, But Schools Practice For Quake

Kindergartener Jesse Clark practices getting under his desk during an earthquake drill at Finch Elementary in Spokane.
Ryan Lancaster Spokane Public Schools

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:59 pm

An estimated 1.2 million people in the Northwest took part in an international earthquake drill Thursday.

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Science
6:50 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Storied Research Subs Visit Northwest Coast

Upgraded minisub Alvin was loaded onto R/V Atlantis at the WHOI dock on May 13, 2013.
Credit Tom Kleindinst

A storied research sub that explored and filmed the wreck of the Titanic is making an appearance in the Northwest. The deep-diving submarine "Alvin" is in Astoria Monday,  August 26 through Friday, August 30 while its support ship changes crews. It's actually one of two well-known submersibles passing through the port town.

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Gig Harbor Earthquake
5:02 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

3.6 Earthquake Felt By Gig Harbor Science Teacher

An earthquake measuring 3-point-6 was felt on the Key Peninsula this morning. The University of Washington Seismology Lab says the quake happened around 11:40 and was centered some 15 miles west of Tacoma.

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Cascadia Fault Zone
5:01 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Research Cruise Investigates 'Lock Zone' Of Dangerous Offshore Fault

Crew members of the R/V Atlantis recover the submersible "Jason," after it connected a chain to an undersea seismometer off the coast of Oregon.
Matt Cooper University of Oregon

This week a research ship is retrieving dozens of seismometers that have spent the last year on the ocean floor off the Northwest coast. Earthquake scientists hope the data they're about to get will shed more light on the structure of the offshore Cascadia fault zone. That plate boundary will be the source of the Big One whenever it rips.

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Disaster Preparedness
5:53 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

New Research And Maps Highlight Need For Earthquake, Tsunami Prep

Subduction of the Juan de Fuca Plate under the North American Plate controls the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit USGS

The earthquake and tsunami threat to the Northwest from the offshore Cascadia fault was in the news in multiple ways Thursday. Canadian researchers have reconstructed a prehistoric record of great earthquakes on that shared fault. It reconfirms that we're due for another Big One. Coincidentally in Oregon, tsunami preparedness is getting a renewed look.

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Fin Whales
6:35 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Underwater Earthquake Recordings Reveal Mysterious Whale Calls

Fin whales are the second largest animals on the planet.
Credit Nilfanion / Wikimedia Commons

The Blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to exist. But nobody remembers number two. Fin whales are the second largest animals on the planet, weighing in at around 80 tons. And they’re very mysterious creatures. Now scientists have gained better access to the giant whale’s secret lives – almost accidentally.

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Preparing For Disasters
5:33 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Northwest Disaster Conference Coincides With Sandy Aftermath

A 7.7 magintude earthquake struck off the coast of British Columbia on Saturday.
Credit NOAA

As Superstorm Sandy barreled down on the East Coast Sunday, there was a massive earthquake off the coast of British Columbia. It didn’t get much attention. But both events were reminders to prepare for the long-term impacts of natural disasters. That’s the message coming out of a regional conference in Portland this week.

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History Of Washington Tsunamis
6:42 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Coastal Marshes Yield Up History Of Great Northwest Quakes And Tsunamis

PSU archaeologist Sarah Sterling (right) and Simon Fraser University Prof. Ian Hutchison examine possible tsunami deposits near the mouth of Salt Creek, Clallam County, WA.
Photo Credit: Brian Atwater

Researchers have found fresh evidence of 26-foot-high tsunami waves that washed more than three miles in to the Olympic Peninsula.

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Earthquake Drill
4:54 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Northwest Businesses Join Schools In Biggest Ever Quake Drill

Students at Chinook Middle School in Lacey, Wash., take cover and brace during the Great ShakeOut drill.
Courtney Schrieve

Thursday, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho joined their Western neighbors for an earthquake drill of unprecedented scale. Some of the record participation was due to businesses joining in the drill. In our area, among those practicing were architects, utilities and banks.

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