Published On: Tue, Jul 14th, 2015

The Earthquake That Will Devastate Seattle – The New Yorker

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.


In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.

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