How do we prepare for something we have never experienced or can’t even imagine? Given that the last Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happened in 1700, almost 180 years before the lightbulb was invented, it’s no wonder many people in 2019 have a hard time grasping the possibility. As humans, we tend to prepare for events that we believe have a high likelihood of happening, so when something isn’t in our collective memory, it seems unreal.
The only people who experienced the 1700 Cascadia Megaquake were the Native American and First Nations tribes who lived along the Pacific coast and inland valleys. The shaking, which lasted several minutes, started around 9pm and woke people up from their sleep. The subsequent tsunami wiped out entire villages along the coast that night. Stories of this earthquake were passed down through the generations.
So why does this anniversary matter? It matters because it reminds us that Cascadia Megaquakes really do happen, and will again and again. It also reminds us that the Cascadia fault has been building up pressure for 319 years and this pressure will be released in the form of a megaquake. That’s how this amazing earth of ours works.
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