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August 8, 2018

Study: NW coastal areas face different risk of big quakes

By CHRISTIAN HILL
The Register-Guard

EUGENE, Ore. — New research from the University of Oregon delivers what may be a sliver of good news — if it can be called that — for the Eugene-Springfield area as the Pacific Northwest prepares for what scientists say will be the worst natural disaster in the region's recorded history.

The research by Miles Bodmer, a doctoral student at the university, offers a theory about why the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 700-mile-long fault in the Earth's crust, is less likely to produce a major earthquake off the Oregon Coast and more likely to generate one off Northern California and Washington state.


 
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