The Latest Pacific Northwest Tsunami News Will Haunt Your Dreams

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Oh please, it's only going to take down half of the bridges, most of the interchanges, and wipe out anything built before 1999.

Easy peasy.

On the other hand, the chance of a tsunami hitting Seattle is fairly low, it would literally have to bounce off of Vancouver Island at the correct angle. Everett on the other hand ...

P.S.: We have zero plans to evac anything other than primary schools. Hope you have 10 days of water in your house.

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No sense in working about this as long as you're well socked for emergencies.

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Kathryn loves it here, and she gets an expense-paid vacation to write about the PNW every couple of years. Problem is, her books/articles are complete nonsense and don’t stand up to review.

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Now, I should point out that, if you followed the Mountaineers 10 Items gear list, you'd already have what you need to survive. Boil it down, though: you need water and a whistle. Everything else is not that critical. You can survive 30 days without food (it's not fun, but it is possible, and seals and sea lions make good eating, as do bugs).

And if you'd added solar panels and wind turbines to your house, you'd have them back up and running in days. As we saw in Florida and Puerto Rico, everything else can take months.

Yes, months.

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We don't know why you kids bitch about climate change.
It's not like you'll be around to know....

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I'll tell you what makes all of this even more terrifying is the possibility of masked antifa kids wading out into the surf and pouring cement into the ocean to increase the damage once it finally hits.

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Remember, it's not just the initial quake - but any large quake has a number of aftershocks.
For an 8.0 to 9.0 quake the aftershocks would still be in the 6.0 to 7.0 range- significant events.
How long would the aftershocks last? Who knows, as this event would be so singular as to have no comparison. The Northwest could be uninhabitable for years!

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If you think traffic's bad now, just wait till everyone and their Labrador is hightailing it east.

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Will dear, really. Stop spreading misinformation about renewable energy.

In the absence of grid power, a solar array will only work if there is a battery backup system associated with it. And depending on the size of the battery and the time of year the prolonged outage occurs, it may only give you a small amount of energy.

And wind generators are worthless in the puget sound region.

https://windexchange.energy.gov/maps-data/133

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The only way to prepare for a 9.0 earthquake is to move to Florida or North Dakota now. These States have the least number of earthquakes a year. Antarctica has less.

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Yep. I live in Seaside, OR and cannot believe the Oregon legislature did what they did because it makes absolutely zero sense! Here in Seaside they're spending tens of millions of dollars (in future tax revenue, too) to build a new school campus up on the hill in the hopes that it will help save the children (if, you know, the tsunami happens during school hours) and serve as a place to house anyone able to survive the tsunami (clearly ignoring that it is unlikely that anything in Seaside will be untouched, considering the tsunami in Japan went inland 6 miles and the 2004 Indonesian tsunami was even more destructive, though I can't seem to find how far inland it went).

Every single coastal town will be wiped off the face of the earth and NO ONE will be able to out run the tsunami, NO ONE.

Personally, I've made peace with my decision to live here. I understand the risk and accept it. I also have an illness that is more likely to take my life before the event occurs, so my acceptance of risk is different than others (as is my mother's acceptance of the risk as I live with her, she wants to live here, too, and she is 70 years old).

I do not believe other people truly understand the risk or that they will not survive ~ having attended city council meetings here in Seaside, people really believe the new school building and shoring up the bridges that cross the Necanicum River will make them safer. And far too many people truly believe that help will immediately dispatched and they will be saved if and when it all goes down. Meanwhile, all of the coast guard locations on the coast will be wiped out, too, hello! It's mind boggling really, the cognitive dissonance.

Human beings are going to do what they want to do because (in my opinion) almost all of them believe nothing bad will ever happen to them. Having lived in NYC on 9/11 and saw this first hand. When it happens, whenever that is, what will happen will happen and maybe (and it is a BIG maybe) humans will change their behavior after the fact. My bet is they won't, though.

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Actually, the best advice is stock up on water, not food. Humans can live for quite awhile without food, but you’ll die without water. The rule of thumb is 1/2 gallon per person per day just for drinking water.

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@13 Escapee from S. Idaho: Agreed and seconded. Food thawing out and rotting in a well-stocked refrigerator freezer during a power outage can't be consumed fast enough if one is a single dweller, and the ensuing water runoff would be a mess. The importance of water and not so much food for survival should be a given.

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Yes. Spend millions or billions to prepare for an earthquake at a level that hasn’t occurred since (estimated) 1700. And we don’t know how strong it might be or even if we can actually build to withstand. Uh huh. It’s like building bomb shelters in the 60s.

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@13 - Water, schmater. As every survivalist in my neck of the woods knows, what you’ll really need is guns, gun, guns. And ammo and a dozen MRE’s. A manifesto is optional.

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If you live in a house, you already have 40-50 gallons of water in your water heater tank. If it's strapped per code requirement it should survive upright. You just need to know how to get that water out through the drain valve.

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Whew...I was getting worried you wouldn't implicate Trump somehow...makes total sense that earthquakes are a direct result of climate change...thankfully and predictably you came thru with flying colors! Good job!

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If you're thinking the government will help you, think again. You'll be on your own after a 9.0 earthquake for months.

In order of importance:

-Firearms (with ammo bozo!)
-Water (portable water filter)
-Everyone should have a bug-out bag in their car AND home
-The ability to travel long distances on foot
-Be prepared for a fight if you want to stand a chance at surviving the masses that will lose their minds after a few days of no water, no food, no drugs, and no big pharma.
-Have some food on hand

I've went 3 weeks without food before. It's tough, but doable. Water not he other hand, plan for AT LEAST 1 gallon per person per day, and have the ability to go mobile with it if push comes to shove.

As for building schools, and hospitals in dangerous areas, apparently everywhere west of I-5 is dangerous. That particular concern is a nothing burger, it's a given.

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Oh, and learn how to skin 4-legged creatures. Most of them around here are anatomically similar whether you are skinning a squirrel, dog, cat, deer (if you are lucky).

BTW, having pets isn't such a bad idea in the event food does become an issue. You can smoke dog meat just like deer. Probably won't taste as good, but after weeks of not eating you won't give a flying f*ck about yumminess.

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Who says we - meaning normal people and pets (as well as "4-legged creatures" ) - can't just eat grandiose would-be survivalists, 701Coffee, dear? You'd undoubtedly taste worse than dog, but we'd be doing society a service and, as you point out, who cares about "yumminess"?

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21 Be tough to eat a survivalist when they have a loaded gun in their hand. But what do I know, maybe you have special powers that are beyond the speed of a bullet.

It’s happened every time there is a natural disaster that devastates a region, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs abandoned and roaming the streets. Seattleites love their furry friends, but many will abandon them when SHTF. That’s where the natural drive to survive comes in, and those furry friends become the difference between starving, and surviving.

Of course these things are all hypotheticals. None of us know for sure how this will play out, where we will each be when it happens.

I do know this, being equipped with a way to source clean water, and a way to defend yourself will be two factors that will determine life or death.

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701Coffee dear, it's my experience that most people who brag about having a loaded gun in their hands - and especially those who fancy themselves a "survivalist" - end up using that gun on themselves, either accidentally or purposely.

If it comes to that, promise us that you'll try to avoid the more prime cuts, as it were. As you point out, food may be scarce, and we'll need to feed the maximum amount of people.

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If a tsunami hits where you live, you are fucked. Even if you live on the top of Beacon Hill, you're fucked.

The only real answer is an evacuation plan. How to move 2-3 million people 100+ miles in a reasonable amount of time. Trains and buses could help a lot, but how do you get so many vehicles IN to the effected area?

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Imagine the worst case scenario, Sportlandia dear: A massive earthquake that causes I-5 to collapse in places. The floating bridges to become untethered. Crossing the Ship Canal to become near impossible.

There's no way to evacuate. Not for those of us south of the Ship Canal and north of Southcenter.