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June 7: FEMA Will Conduct a Drill to Prepare for a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami

Sunday, May 29, 2016 17:43
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Starting on June 7th, FEMA will be conducting a large scale drill that has been named “Cascadia Rising” that will simulate the effects of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and an accompanying west coast tsunami dozens of feet tall. According to the official flyer for the event, more than “50 counties, plus major cities, tribal nations, state and federal agencies, private sector businesses, and non-governmental organizations across three states – Washington, Oregon, and Idaho – will be participating”.  In addition to “Cascadia Rising”, U.S. Northern Command will be holding five other exercises simultaneously. 

According to the final draft of the Cascadia Rising drill plan, those five exercises are entitled “Ardent Sentry 2016″, “Vigilant Guard”, “Special Focus Exercise”, “Turbo Challenge” and “Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore”.  The primary scenario that of all of these participants will be focusing on will be one that involves a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone followed by a giant tsunami that could displace up to a million people from northern California to southern Canada.

We have never seen such a disaster before in all of U.S. history.

Do they know something that the rest of us do not?

It is funny that they are preparing to deal with the effects of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, because that is precisely the size of earthquake that I warned about in an article back in March.

The San Andreas Fault in southern California gets more headlines, but the Cascadia Subduction Zone is a much larger threat by far.  This fault zone is where the Juan de Fuca plate meets the North American plate, and it stretches approximately 700 miles from northern Vancouver Island all the way down to northern California.

If a magnitude 9.0 earthquake were to strike, the immense shaking and subsequent tsunami would cause damage on a scale that is hard to even imagine right now.  Perhaps this is why FEMA feels such a need to get prepared for this type of disaster, because the experts assure us that it is most definitely coming someday.  The following comes from the official website of the “Cascadia Rising” exercise…

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and the resulting tsunami is the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face. Cascadia Rising is an exercise to address that disaster.

June 7-10, 2016 Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers (EOC/ECCs) at all levels of government and the private sector will activate to conduct a simulated field response operation within their jurisdictions and with neighboring communities, state EOCs, FEMA, and major military commands.

If you don’t think that the scenario that they are studying is realistic, perhaps you should consider the fact that the largest earthquake in the history of the continental United States stuck along the Cascadia Subduction Zone back in 1700.  The following comes from CNN

In fact, “the Cascadia” already has made history, causing the largest earthquake in the continental United States on January 26, 1700. That’s when the Cascadia unleashed one of the world’s biggest quakes, causing a tsunami so big that it rampaged across the Pacific and damaged coastal villages in Japan.

Yes, we all remember the big Hollywood blockbuster about the San Andreas fault.  But if they wanted to be more realistic, they should have made the movie about the Cascadia Subduction Zone.  According to a professor of geophysics at Oregon State University, the Cascadia Subduction Zone has the potential to create an earthquake “almost 30 times more energetic” than anything the San Andreas Fault can produce…

Everyone knows the Cascadia’s cousin in California: the San Andreas Fault. It gets all the scary glamor, with even a movie this year, “San Andreas,” dramatizing an apocalypse in the western U.S.

Truth is, the San Andreas is a lightweight compared with the Cascadia.

The Cascadia can deliver a quake that’s many times stronger — plus a tsunami.

“Cascadia can make an earthquake almost 30 times more energetic than the San Andreas to start with, and then it generates a tsunami at the same time, which the side-by-side motion of the San Andreas can’t do,” said Chris Goldfinger, a professor of geophysics at Oregon State University.

And the kind of tsunami that would be created by such a massive quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone would absolutely dwarf the massive tsunami that struck Japan back in 2011.  In fact, an article in the New Yorker quoted the head of the FEMA division that oversees Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska as saying that “everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast”…

If the entire zone gives way at once, an event that seismologists call a full-margin rupture, the magnitude will be somewhere between 8.7 and 9.2. That’s the very big one.

…By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”

In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people.

We live at a time when the crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable.  Based on my research, I have come to the conclusion that we will soon see major earth changes on a scale that most of us would never even dare to imagine.

All over the world the Ring of Fire is roaring to life, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone lies directly along the Ring of Fire.  Just last week, I wrote about the alarming earthquake swarms that we have seen directly under Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens, and now we have learned that FEMA is about to hold a major drill that is going to simulate a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and an accompanying west coast tsunami dozens of feet in height.

Of course most Americans aren’t concerned about this threat at all.

Most Americans just assume that life will continue to go on normally just as it always has.

But I happen to agree with the experts that are promising us that an absolutely massive earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone will strike someday, and when that happens life in America will be permanently altered.

Michael Snyder is the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, The American Dream Blog and The Truth. You can follow him on Twitter right here.

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  • Cannot live in fear, if a 9.0 occurs off the west coast will cause damage in lower areas along the coast but probably not much else.

    • Bob

      JRB ~ I have it on good authority that a 9.0 quake will do a lot more damage than expected with a serious loss of life….

      Here’s why :- a Tsunami of that magnitude will do a ” Wash and Rinse ” cycle !

      1st it hits the East coast then a reverse hit on the oposit coast across the Pacific
      with a return shock wave to where it started….

      If the American east coast takes a 9.0 tsunami hit the same action applies to the European coast
      Britain and most of Europe will be devastated by the reverse wave…

  • East coast, west coast. Will you zio-pigs please make up your stupid little pieces what ever at one time when you may have a little brains. sic.

    • what? you might be missing some comma’s and words, i dont understand your comment.

      is a zio-pig a goyim? and i dont know where to even start with the text that follows. drunk/retarded/?

      • Bob

        Neither do l ~ lots of zoll being smoked there while listening to the beach Boyz…..

        Even old Terminator has left the country ~ wuz in South Africa this weekend !

    • According to billy Meier? West Coast precedes the East Coast megaquake by 90 days.

      Here’s more on Cascadia. Caused a huge stir when published. In usual American fashion, its warning was quickly forgotten and buried in the next titillating tits & ass sex scandal.
      http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one

  • Yeah thanks for quoting the most accurate quote of the new yorker article

    “And the kind of tsunami that would be created by such a massive quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone would absolutely dwarf the massive tsunami that struck Japan back in 2011. In fact, an article in the New Yorker quoted the head of the FEMA division that oversees Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska as saying that “everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast”…

    No the tsunami would not dwarf the one that hit Japan, it would be similar and in most areas would not make it far at all because of coastal mountain ranges. I live within view of the ocean and river on the oregon coast and the house I am in is not in the tsunami zone. All of the tsunami zones in Oregon were adjusted after Japan based on what was learned from that event. There will be a lot of damage west of I-5 from shaking depending on where the epicenter is, & how much of the fault breaks, no no everything will not be toast. Researchers have found the southern end of the fault breaks more often than the northern part. So it is possible we could see a massive quake on the fault that doesn’t even affect Washington at all. This drill is no different that the huge drill they did for the New Madrid area its purpose is to teach locals agencies how to coordinate and react if a quake happens.

    • Its probably why they moved the water – Kinda like Moses with explosives……..

    • b4

      where i live the largest earthquake to hit calif hit in 1872–a 8.9 or 9.0–it dropped the ground about 150 ft for about 3 miles–the ground was rolling in waves 7 ft high–only about 350 folks lived in the valley then -it killed 145 of them,buried in mass grave in lone pine–imagine if that happened in a population area..been in 5 earthquakes–you always wonder if its the big one

  • Will FEMA also be conducting drills to take as many citizens as possible in the Pacific Northwest on a magical mystery tour to the FEMA “FUN” camps at the same time as this drill ?!!!!

    • hopefully! I was promised by many binners that I would be placed in a walmart fema death camp LAST YEAR. That never happened and now I’m a bit of a sad panda. :sad: I’m out here in the northwest so I’m crossing my fingers!!

  • I’m crossing MY fingers too that they take you there TROLL !!!

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