Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Let Us Build A Response Together

Let Us Build A Response Together

Here I will post the better ideas gleaned from my best authority and our comments, below.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide – A Plan to Advance Subduction Zone Science

Introductory Video from Bellingham City Club: Impending Earthquake Reality
https://youtu.be/HBLMgkA3nHM (1:12:32 minutes)
Published on Nov 20, 2015
Dr. Chris Goldfinger of Oregon State University, explains the science and the practical realities of the impending earthquake. He's joined by Rob Johnson, FEMA Disaster Recovery Reservist who will help us understand how our community should respond to such a disaster.

Subduction zone events pose significant threats to lives, property, economic vitality, cultural and natural resources and quality of life. The tremendous magnitudes of these events are unique to subduction zones, and they can have cascading consequences that reverberate around the globe.
The planet we live on is constantly shifting beneath our feet.  Creeping along at speeds undetectable to you and me, Earth's massive tectonic plates are continually on the move, and nowhere is our home planet more geologically active than where these plates converge. - FEMA

Received June 27, 2017 from Southern California Earthquake Center <specinfo@usc.edu>
On Behalf of Joan Gomberg, U.S. Geological Survey
June 21, 2017

USGS publishes a new blueprint that can help make subduction zone areas more resilient

The USGS has just published a new blueprint for advancing science and resilience related to subduction zone hazards, entitled Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide – A Plan to Advance Subduction Zone Science. This new Plan describes how the USGS may leverage scientific and technologic developments, address its stakeholder needs, and maximize capabilities through partnerships – with the overall goal of reducing the risks posed by subduction zone events. The Plan is featured on the USGS main webpage, and a quick summary of the Plan is provided in an accompanying Fact Sheet (written for a general audience).

URLs for viewing and downloads:

Fact Sheet,
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__pubs.er.usgs.gov_publication_fs20173024&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=xXRRpB0FR_i19K82Q3RKbldH199seM5T9mEdX11xccM&m=tRyajiwyfwLI9bXMMQ8uIqHnuvb2T9kJqYtxXi77Oiw&s=utCuGK5Ejgp9VNzv8MbwBLlZ8-KzPfqvPOagL5IqiLQ&e= .

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__pubs.er.usgs.gov_publication_cir1428&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=xXRRpB0FR_i19K82Q3RKbldH199seM5T9mEdX11xccM&m=tRyajiwyfwLI9bXMMQ8uIqHnuvb2T9kJqYtxXi77Oiw&s=JE1-RMaysZVtMOIUx7Jbi7tHZ_2c4UQXRZZy1YTaSg8&e= .

USGS Featured Story,
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.usgs.gov_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=xXRRpB0FR_i19K82Q3RKbldH199seM5T9mEdX11xccM&m=tRyajiwyfwLI9bXMMQ8uIqHnuvb2T9kJqYtxXi77Oiw&s=fde2aYAk6KTbP0H2ERqtWPIir3NHQkWGHA9kWP2EA5A&e=  and https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.usgs.gov_news_usgs-2Dpublishes-2Da-2Dnew-2Dblueprint-2Dcan-2Dhelp-2Dmake-2Dsubduction-2Dzone-2Dareas-2Dmore-2Dresilient&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=xXRRpB0FR_i19K82Q3RKbldH199seM5T9mEdX11xccM&m=tRyajiwyfwLI9bXMMQ8uIqHnuvb2T9kJqYtxXi77Oiw&s=2mE03LPIfi_m0NQFK4NDFLBj4NiwDYR2l0u30A9o25U&e=

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes: History and Stories of Survival, both Fiction and Non-Fiction

Selected Bibliography, up to September 11, 2016; Hyperlinked to the North Shore of Vancouver's main libraries:
  • Article from The New Yorker - “When the Cascadia fault line ruptures, it could be our worst natural disaster in recorded history” ... READ ITIf, on that occasion, only the southern part of the Cascadia subduction zone gives way ... the magnitude of the resulting quake will be somewhere between 8.0 and 8.6. Thats the BIG ONE. If the entire zone gives way at once, an event that seismologists call a full-margin rupture, the magnitude will be somewhere between 8.7 and 9.2. That’s the VERY BIG ONE. Kenneth Murphy, when he was interviewed for the article, and who had directed FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency: FEMA.gov www.fema.gov/) - (Disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, education, and references.) Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska), says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” (The Editor of this note – SGW) adds that, in the CSZ - Cascadia Subduction Zone, the Juan de Fuca Plate continues all the way up to the Nootka Fault, midway up Vancouver Island's West Coast. There is another tectonic plate to the north, the Explorer Plate as well as the south, the Gorda Plate. The problem, you see, is that the land under our feet is NOT really “as firm as the ground we walk on”.
  • It is the North American Plate covering most of North America, Greenland, Bering Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean. It starts in the east, at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and covers the area westward to the Chersky Range in eastern Siberia. The plate includes both continental and oceanic crust. And, it moving inexorable to the west at between a speed of 15-25 mm (0.59-0.98 inches relative to the African Plate; and Next to the Pacific Plate which it running up against in the west 75,900,000 km2 (29,300,000 sq mi)
  • The Pacific Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate that lies beneath the Pacific Ocean. At 103 million square kilometres (40,000,000 sq mi), it is the largest tectonic plate.
Type Major
Approx. Area 103,300,000 km2 (39,900,000 sq mi)[1]
Movement1 north-west
Speed1 56–102 mm (2.2–4.0 in)/year

North America, Greenland, Bering Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean
1Relative to the African Plate
Type Major
Approx. Area 75,900,000 km2 (29,300,000 sq mi)[1]
Movement1 west
Speed1 15–25 mm (0.59–0.98 in)/year


OTHERS (eBooks that also have a printed copy may also be listed, above):
  1. Are You Ready? How to Prepare for An Earthquake By Mooney, Maggie eBook - 2011
  2. Walkabout DVD - 1998
  3. The World Is Moving Around Me A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake By Laferrière, Dany