Are We Ready for the Next Major Earthquake?

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“There's a cost involved... you can either pay it up front, or you can pay it after—when you're trying to clean up a destroyed city.”

Eventually, the Pacific Northwest will be hit by a major earthquake as tectonic plates buckle under the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Dr. Chris Goldfinger, a professor of marine geology and geophysics at Oregon State University, discusses what major cities in the Pacific Northwest can do to prepare for an earthquake considered more an eventuality than a possibility. Eventually, the Pacific Northwest will be hit by a major earthquake as tectonic plates buckle under the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Dr. Chris Goldfinger, a professor of marine geology and geophysics at Oregon State University, discusses what major cities in the Pacific Northwest can do to prepare for an earthquake considered more an eventuality than a possibility. Eventually, the Pacific Northwest will be hit by a major earthquake as tectonic plates buckle under the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Dr. Chris Goldfinger, a professor of marine geology and geophysics at Oregon State University, discusses what major cities in the Pacific Northwest can do to prepare for an earthquake considered more an eventuality than a possibility.