What Would Happen if “The BIG ONE” (Earthquake) Hits the WEST COAST

December 16, 2016

When most people think of the “Big One,” they often think about an earthquake caused by the San Andreas Fault. However, there’s actually a more dangerous fault called the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, also known as the Cascadia Fault, is almost 700 miles long and stretches the west coast of North America from Vancouver Island to Northern California. For some perspective, an earthquake caused by the San Andreas Fault could reach 8.3 on the Richter scale, but a Cascadia earthquake will be more like a 9.2. That means that the quake could shake for up to four and a half minutes.

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10. Aftershocks
9. It Will Cause a Devastating Tsunami For North America’s West Coast
8. Japan, Indonesia, The South Pacific, and Hawaii Won’t Be Safe Either
7. Seattle Will Collapse
6. Oregon Would Be Destroyed
5. Canada’s Worst Natural Disaster
4. The San Andreas Fault May Rupture Around the Same Time
3. Disease Epidemic
2. The West Coast of North America Would Burn
1. Death and Destruction

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