What people are already calling the “big one” is a M9.0 impending earthquake that is set to destroy most of the northwest region of the United States with huge 30 metre-high tsunami waves. Northwest FEMA Director Kenneth Murphy said that this natural disaster along the Cascadia Subduction Zone – a major fault line that runs from Northern California to British Columbia – is set to kill around 13,000 people and injure another 2,500. This has prompted the Cascadia Preparedness Team to draw up urgent plans to prepare for the apocalyptic scenario.
Yumei Wang, from the Oregon Geology and Mineral Industries, said that the major earthquake is more than 50 years overdue.
Now, the state is promoting a two-week readiness campaign for people to ready themselves to be self-sufficient for the 2 weeks. Steve Robinson, the President of Cascadia Prepared, said: “People don’t really understand that there will be thousands of bridge failures and there won’t be any liquid fuel or electricity or any communication going. Running water may stop and it may take several days for responders to start helping with rescues and evacuations.“
Research has shown that this faultline has generated a major earthquake (over magnitude 7.5) at least 40 times in the past 10,000 years, meaning they occur every 250 years. The last earthquake, which struck 300 years ago, lowered the Oregon coastline by several feet and caused a massive tsunami. IT IS THUS OVERDUE BY MORE THAN 50 YEARS NOW!
Oregon Governor Kate Brown said: “When the next Cascadia subduction zone earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest, Oregon will face the greatest challenge of our lifetimes.” The “Big One” – the full rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone – would devastate the US for years.
The megaquake is said to first happen by the entire zone giving way, not just some of it. The quake is predicted to last only four minutes with a magnitude up to 9.2. When this happens, the northwest edge of our continent will drop as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet west. Not only will this cause landslides but some of this will happen beneath the ocean, which will cause an enormous displacement of water. The water will rise into a massive hill and have one side go toward Japan while the other 70 foot tall liquid wall goes toward our northwest coast, averaged to come in fifteen minutes after the earthquake began.
Earthquakes pose a major challenge with more than 143 million Americans living in areas of significant seismic risk across 39 states.
The FEMA director for the northwest Kenneth Murphy said that everything west of I-5 will be, “toast.” The area will be completely unrecognizable after everything has subsided. FEMA predicts that around one million people will be displaced after the event and around two and a half million people will be needing supplies of food and water. They estimate it would take three months before the area gets electricity back, another six months to fix major highways, and even up to a year to restore sewer systems.
Get prepared for the Big One, for the rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone!