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Old 07-30-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes

Excellent follow-up to the author's New Yorker Cascadia quake article that finally caught the public's attention. One thing that she mentions is that many communities (including mine) will be isolated for quite some time.....the big challenge is not surviving the quake, it's surviving the aftermath.

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elemen...-big-one-comes
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A good, sensible article with excellent points. It's calculation of the risks seems well thought out, as do the mitigation steps outlined.

We ALL face 'natural' risks no matter where we live - some small scale, fluke events & others more likely to happen both in terms of potentials & scale. It doesn't take a lot of time to be reasonably well prepared.
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That is a good article. Thanks for posting it.

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So a better analogy than toast is this: the Cascadia earthquake is going to hit the Pacific Northwest like a rock hitting safety glass, shattering the region into thousands of tiny areas, each isolated from one another and all extremely difficult to reach. That’s why Murphy’s plan involves, in his words, “leasing, buying, or stealing any helicopter I can get my hands on.” Helicopters can’t do everything, but they can, at least, get almost anywhere.
Yes. This was apparent in the first article. If and when the big one hits it will turn out to be the biggest helicopter airlift in history.

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If you live in the tsunami zone, know how to get out. Those who live in the inundation zone need to be at least as prepared for the earthquake as everyone else, since the shaking will be stronger in coastal areas than inland. But if you live in the inundation zone, you aren’t bolting your home to its foundation to save it; nearly every building in that zone will be lost. You’re doing so to protect yourself from injury so that you can get out as quickly as possible after the shaking stops. Nor are you building an earthquake kit that you can subsist on for weeks; you’re building one that you can grab and take with you when you leave, so you should focus on the lightweight and the crucial: important documents, medicine, a flashlight. Most important, learn your evacuation routes—from home, from work, from school, from anywhere else you routinely find yourself—and practice walking them, both by day and by night. And when the actual quake hits and you get to high ground, stay there; after the initial wave, others will continue to strike for up to twenty-four hours. One good way to die in a tsunami is to venture back into the inundation zone after the water first recedes, to investigate the damage or look for missing loved ones.
As we saw with the Indonesian and later Japanese tsunamis it is the quick and the dead. Especially if there is a sudden drop in altitude as many sources indicate there will likely be. To go within minutes from above sea level to below it is a scary thought!

There will be no time to hesitate, no time to dither, and unfortunately no time to spend on extracting anyone who is trapped in the wreckage. Once the land altitude drops the sea is going to claim its own.

Some are going to face a truly gut wrenching decision about saving as much as their family as they can or trying to save them all.
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For those with time on their hands:

https://huxley.wwu.edu/sites/huxley....ing_high_0.pdf
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That is a very good article and very surprising coming from the New Yorker.
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