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
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