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Cascadia quake expert urges continued attention to what lies beneath us

We can't talk too much about the prospects for an earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

The power pent up by the colliding of tectonic plates could be released suddenly and violently, in a quake that could hit magnitude 9 or higher. And, of course, we really have no idea when it could happen.

Chris Goldfinger at Oregon State University is one person who knows a great deal about earthquakes generally and the Cascadia Subduction Zone specifically. He is convinced that we need to continue planning for a big event.

He visits the JX for us to catch up on recent findings and the current thinking about both the movements of the Earth and the movements of people to prepare for them.

The JX visit is prior to Goldfinger's chat in the SWOCC Geology Lecture Series.

The lecture is ON the anniversary of the last big Cascadia event, on January 26, 1700.

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