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Researchers Uncover Threatening Fault in Pacific Northwest, Redefining Seismic Risk Preparedness


Researchers Uncover Threatening Fault in Pacific Northwest, Redefining Seismic Risk Preparedness


The recent discovery by researchers of a fault threatening the Pacific Northwest has shed light on the potential risks posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This fault, which spans from northern Vancouver Island to Cape Mendocino in California, has been mapped comprehensively for the first time, revealing its complex nature. Scientists now understand that the fault is divided into four segments that could rupture independently or simultaneously, with varying levels of danger. This groundbreaking research will not only aid in preparing for and mitigating potential seismic risks but also redefine earthquake building standards, providing a clearer view of the possible impacts of a megathrust earthquake in the Pacific Northwest region.

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