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By Lou Marzeles

Northwest set to train for monster quake


Cascadia Rising graphic

IT'S COMING: Suddenly the Cascadia Subduction Zone is all over the news. But Washington and Oregon had already set a training date for quake emergency plans in January. This graphic shows the shaking intensity of the anticipated 9.0+ quake that is coming any minute now.

If doomsday watchers are correct, any minute now the I-5 corridor and everything west of it, from Vancouver, B.C. to northern California, will be toast. Burnt, crumbled toast.

The doomsday talk isn't coming from lurid disaster movies or people whom the UFO Hotline limits to one call a day. It's coming from renowned physicists, from The New Yorker magazine-and even from the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the states of Washington and Oregon. In fact, the latter have scheduled a disaster training exercise next year for this very event.

All these entities are saying an earthquake the magnitude of 9 or higher is going to strike somewhere along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ), a...

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