Scientists have recently learned about a fault line in the Pacific Ocean that has triggered at least seven large-magnitude earthquakes in the past 3,500 years. Within the next decades, the fault line is prone to trigger another massive earthquake followed by a tsunami that can render large portions of the US Pacific Northwest beyond recognition. Kathryn Schulz, a Pulitzer Prize–winning staff writer at The New Yorker, has penned a gripping scientific narrative about the impending megaquake. getAbstract believes it’s a must-read for residents of the Pacific Northwest, but recommends reading it no matter where you live.
In this summary, you will learn
- How a little-known fault line off the US Pacific Northwest coast is prone to cause a massive earthquake and tsunami,
- How scientists found out about the Cascadia subduction zone problem,
- Why researchers believe the next Cascadia earthquake is long overdue, and
- How many people a Cascadia earthquake might affect.
About the Author
Kathryn Schulz is a Pulitzer Prize–winning staff writer at The New Yorker.