Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest

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Robert Yeats, Oregon State University

Pub Date: 2004

ISBN 13: 978-0-8707102-4-7

Publisher: Open Oregon State

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Table of Contents


Part I. Introduction
Part II. Plates, Geologic Time, and Earthquakes

     A Concept of Time
     Plate Tectonics
     Earthquake Basics
     Earthquakes in the Juan de Fuca Plate
     Earthquakes in the Crust: Closer to Home
     Memories of the Future: The Uncertain Art of Earthquake Forecasting
Part III. Shaky Ground and Big Waves
     Solid Rock and Bowls of Jello
Part IV. Prevention and Countermeasures
     Earthquake Insurance: Hazards, Perils, Risks, and Losses
     Is Your Home Ready for an Earthquake?
     Earthquake Design of Large Structures
     The Federal Government and Earthquakes
     The Role of State and Local Government
     Preparing for the Next Earthquake
     An Uncertain Appointment with a Restless Earth
Appendix A. Significant Historical Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest
Appendix B. Glossary
Appendix C. Credits
Appendix D. Sources of Information and Websites

About the Book

In this expanded new edition of Living with Earthquakes, Robert Yeats, a leading authority on earthquakes in California and the Pacific Northwest, describes the threat posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a great earthquake fault which runs for hundreds of miles offshore from British Columbia to northern California. New research reveals subtle movements on the deepest part of this fault every 14-15 months — building up strain toward the next major earthquake.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical safety information, Living with Earthquakes:

      • introduces new information about the danger from faults beneath major Northwest cities: the Seattle Fault, Tacoma Fault, and Portland Hills Fault
      • explores such topics as earthquake forecasting, catastrophe insurance, tsunamis, soil liquefaction, and seismic waves in Northwest lakes caused by Alaskan earthquakes
      • reviews earthquake preparedness and disaster response in the aftermath of the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, the worst natural disaster in Washington’s history
      • suggests actions that citizens can take to protect their families and homes
An essential guide for anyone interested in understanding earthquake science or in preparing for the next earthquake, this book is also a call to action. Vivid descriptions of recent disasters — including the great tsunami that swept down the Northwest coast in 1964, the 1993 Oregon earthquakes, and the 2001 Nisqually earthquake — underscore the urgent need for better earthquake planning and awareness.

About the Contributors


Robert S. Yeats is senior consultant for Earth Consultants International and professor emeritus in geology at Oregon State University. He is the author of Living with Earthquakes in California and co-author of The Geology of Earthquakes. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon.