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Feb 20, 2015 Asparagus! commented on Seattle's Three Biggest Earthquake Hazards, Reviewed.

I'm a seismologist...

A tsunami measuring "hundreds of feet" in height is unlikely to result from a cascadia megathrust. The Tohoku tsunami was ~38 meters at highest landfull, and that was larger than would have previously have been predicted for an event of that size. This was probably due to the near-simultaneous rupture of some additional shallow faults within the accretionary wedge offshore. It was evidence that we don't know everything about tsunamigenesis, but that magnitude of Tsunami is probably the worst we could expect for something in the PNW. Additionally, the simulations I've seen seem to predict a lower tsunami height w/i puget sound, but I'm not an expert on that.

There would not be a megathrust extending to San Francisco. Subduction does not occur south of the medacino triple junction, and the rupture duration would not be 30 minutes. The 2004 boxing day earthquake had a rupture duration of ~10 minutes, and that's the longest that's ever been seen, and probably a result of the highly-oblique angle of subduction at the northern end of that earthquake's extent.

There is no intrinsic reason why an earthquake off Japan should be any worse or better than an earthquake of comparable magnitude in the PNW. The occurence of more frequent ~7M shallow subduction earthquakes off Japan has no effect on the affects of a 9M earthquake there.
Sep 30, 2014 Asparagus! commented on The Secret Service Is a Highly Functional Organization That Occasionally Fails in Spectacular Ways.
Highly functional?

The last time the secret service was in the news it was because a bunch of people on the president's security detail had been hiring prostitutes in Colombia on an official visit.
Jul 31, 2014 Asparagus! commented on New Manhattan High-Rise Will Have a Separate Entrance for Poor People.
I live in NYC and make about 40,000 a year. There is absolutely no way that I could afford to live in one of the "affordable" units.

The only way that I can afford to live here at all is that I lucked into a rent stabilized apartment in a "cheap" neighbourhood. And even that is about to expire, because the rent stabilization board (Bloombërg cronies) hasn't upped the stabilization limit in almost 10 years.

I won't be sad to leave this hellhole, but I'm lucky enough to have the economic means to be able to leave the city, so many people here aren't so lucky.
Mar 21, 2014 Asparagus! commented on Seattle Needs to Start Behaving Like a Big City.
People do this shit all the time in NYC, it's stupid, but it's not a "big city" thing.
Mar 11, 2014 Asparagus! commented on Mars Hill Church Admits To Buying Pastor Mark Driscoll a Spot on the New York Times Bestseller List.

And the dialogue in that game was TERRRRIBLE too.
Dec 11, 2013 Asparagus! commented on State Releases Deeply Unenlightening Statement on Stalled Tunneling Machine.

Even if they did, GPR doesn't tell you anything about density, just electromagnetic reflectivity and velocity.

Also, water is extremely reflective on GPR (this is how they find subglacial lakes in Antarctica), so in super saturated soil like this, I'm not even sure that GPR would be useful for anything.
Dec 9, 2013 Asparagus! commented on Tunnel-Digger Stuck Under Downtown.
Fuck Steampunk.
Dec 6, 2013 Asparagus! commented on The White House Press Secretary Next Door.

I doubt that's the reasoning. I'm sure being the VP of communication at Seattle U is a pretty decently paying job, but since ex-administration loyalists get plum "think tank" jobs where they don't really have to do anything, I sorta doubt he wrote a book shitting on his former boss simply to get a job.
Nov 19, 2013 Asparagus! commented on Former Planned Parenthood Political Director Dana Laurent to Run for State Democratic Party Chair.
I admit her background sounds impressive, but the header picture on her website makes me think of the woman president from Battlestar Galactica.