Feb 20, 2015
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.
Jul 31, 2014
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.
Dec 6, 2013
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.