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FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Killer Quake

Thompson, Jerry
Cascadia’s Fault: The Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America
Berkeley, Calif.: Counterpoint, 2011

The earthquake that people have been talking and worrying about since I was a kid has always been “The Big One”, the California quake expected to devastate L.A. or San Francisco.  This book introduces the Cascadia Fault, the fracture running from Vancouver Island down to northern California.  The Cascadia Fault explodes roughly every 500 years, and some scientists believe a disaster is due to occur sometime in the next 50 years.  But are we ready?  If you are familiar with this area – which encompasses the metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle and Portland, and all the small towns in between – you will want to read this book.

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