US prepares for BIG ONE mag 9.0 earthquake that will hit FIVE TIMES speed of sound

Thursday, October 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

A COLOSSAL magnitude 9.0 earthquake that will hit northwest US at five times the speed of sound “like a train” is a 100% “certainty”, experts have warned.

By Joshua Nevett
26th October 2017

Seismologists are on high alert for a “Big One” in California after a series of large earthquake struck Mexico, killing hundreds and causing widespread devastation.

For months experts have been warning that an “inevitable” magnitude 7.0 earthquake or greater is overdue by decades in the US state.

The probability of a “Big One” earthquake striking the Bay Area of San Francisco in the next 30 years is said to be around 70%.

But experts are warning an even larger earthquake – dubbed “the Really Big One” – that could one day wreak havoc throughout the northwest of the US.

Chris Goldfinger, a seismologist at Oregon State University, has been researching the risk at one of the world’s most dangerous earthquake faults in northwest America.

The fault, called the Cascadia Subduction Zone, stretches more than 600 miles, from Cape Mendocino in northern California to Vancouver Island in Canada.

Over the last ten thousands years, the fault has caused at least 20 magnitude 9 earthquakes, with the most recent striking 317 years ago.

Goldfinger believes it is only a matter of time before the fault generates another catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

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