Cascadia's Fault

Hardcover | September 23, 2013

byJerry Thompson

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The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a crack in the earth's crust, roughly fifty kilometres offshore, running 1,100 kilometres from northern Vancouver Island to northern California. About every 500 years this fault generates a monster earthquake. There is roughly a thirty percent chance that it could happen again within the next fifty years. Or it could happen tonight. Without a doubt, the coming quake is one day closer today than it was yesterday.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is virtually identical to the offshore fault that wrecked Sumatra in 2004, and it will generate the same type of earthquake, a magnitude nine or higher. It will send crippling shockwaves across a far wider area than any of the California quakes you've ever heard about, slamming five cities at the same time: Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Portland and Sacramento. Cascadia's fault will wreck dozens of smaller towns and coastal villages -- and no one in these places will be able to call their neighbours for help.

Written by a journalist who has been following this story for twenty-five years,Cascadia's Faulttells the tale of this devastating future earthquake and the tsunamis it will spawn.

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The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a crack in the earth's crust, roughly fifty kilometres offshore, running 1,100 kilometres from northern Vancouver Island to northern California. About every 500 years this fault generates a monster earthquake. There is roughly a thirty percent chance that it could happen again within the next fifty years...

JERRY THOMPSON has worked for more than thirty years as a writer, director and journalist in Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. He has also been a network news correspondent and a documentary film producer for such CBC programs asThe National,The Journalandthe fifth estate. His articles have appeared inEquinox,Reader's DigestandVancouver...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:28 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.22 inPublished:September 23, 2013Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554684668

ISBN - 13:9781554684663

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read A slightly unsettling read when you realize how unprepared we are when it comes to natural disasters.
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I think everyone that lives on or near the west coast should read this. It flows from start to finish and brings the reader from pessimist to survivor. The final chapters should required reading for all students. It was educating and entertaining.
Date published: 2011-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative This book caught my eye while waundering through a bookstore so I decided to pick it up. I was glad I did. I really enjoyed this book; it was very informative about earthquakes, specifically the Cascadia subjuction zone off of Vancouver Island. The author goes through the history of West Coast earthquakes, and the lead up to when scientists realized that the Juan de Fuca/Gordy/etc faults would lead to a massive earthquake one day. He looks at advacements in technology throughout the years and how even the most obscure resource (ex. Japanese records from 300 years ago) apply to our lives today. It's scary how accurate he is in some parts. The bulk of the book was written before the earthquakes of this spring (NZ, Japan) although he does reference them in the introduction and epilogue written just before it went to print. One line stood out to me, it predicted a major earthquake happening anyday in Japan. The main point the author is trying to get across is how ill-prepared we are for a major earthquake to hit the west coast. He pushes for better infrastructure and public awareness, even something as simple as knowing where the high ground is in the event of a tsunami.
Date published: 2011-06-14