Friday, October 25, 2013

Seattle's Hilly Neighborhoods Could Slide Into the Water During the Next Earthquake

Seattle is full of slope-side real estate with gorgeous views of Lake Washington and Puget Sound. It's also primed for possible disaster, thanks to these very same hilly areas that could hurtle into the water during the next big earthquake.
When a quake strikes, it's easy to focus on the major structural damage that directly results from the shaking. But a secondary hazard, landslides, can be just as problematic in terms of property damage and the hampering of rescue efforts. With all its hills, Seattle is practically begging for a quake-triggered landslide-fest: The subsequent battering of the city's infrastructure would be "extensive and potentially devastating," with possibly more than 8,000 buildings in landslide-danger zones, according to new study coauthored by the University of Washington's Kate Allstadt.
Allstadt, a doctoral student and duty seismologist with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, is part of what's likely the most extensive exploration of Seattle's incipient landslides. She got involved in the research after moving to town and noticing the sheer abundance of steep inclines – not a great thing considering the city sits right atop the Seattle Fault, thought to be responsible for an estimated 7.5 magnitude quake that occurred around 900 A.D.
"I thought, I wonder what would happen to these slopes if there's an earthquake on this fault or any nearby?" she says. "Nobody's really studied in a quantitative way just how much landsliding there would be. I thought that would be important, because we need to prepare." Read More

Experts Warn: Major Earthquake Could Hit Israel At Any Time: After four earthquakes shake Israel in one week, experts debate whether the big one is imminent. Read More
Last Sunday, Israel experienced two earthquakes, raising fears that a significant geological event could occur. Sunday’s quakes followed two others, one on Saturday morning and another on Thursday evening. Although they were all minor in scope, some experts warn that a major earthquake may hit the region in the near future, capable of inflicting fatalities and significant property damage.

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/united-with-israel/experts-warn-major-earthquake-could-hit-israel-any-time/2013/10/23/
Last Sunday, Israel experienced two earthquakes, raising fears that a significant geological event could occur. Sunday’s quakes followed two others, one on Saturday morning and another on Thursday evening. Although they were all minor in scope, some experts warn that a major earthquake may hit the region in the near future, capable of inflicting fatalities and significant property damage.

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/united-with-israel/experts-warn-major-earthquake-could-hit-israel-any-time/2013/10/23/