In 2011, an earthquake generated a devastating tsunami that was observed across the Pacific and caused tremendous local devastation in Japan. (Photo/Shunichi Koshimura)
Stretching more than 600 miles (965 km) along the coastline from Vancouver Island down to California’s Cape Mendocino lies a sleeping, tectonic giant capable of causing massive devastation and drastically changing the face of the Pacific Northwest.
The Cascadia subduction zone rests beneath the waves approximately 62 miles (100 km) offshore where the oceanic Juan de Fuca Plate converges and slides under, or subducts beneath, the western edge of the North American continent.
The same fierce geologic forces which gave rise to the Cascade Range and cemented the region’s place in the Ring of Fire have also been responsible for massive earthquakes, volcanism and catastrophic tsunami events in the past.
Continue reading at AccuWeather: Preparing for the Unpredictable: Megaquake, Tsunami May Forever Alter the Pacific Northwest
By Renee Duff – AccuWeather
Areas across the northwestern United States will experience a much-needed reprieve from the rain early this week. However, storms will once again take aim at the region by midweek.
While this dry spell is expected to only last into Tuesday morning, it will come as a welcome sight to many along the Washington and Oregon coasts, areas that have been drenched with rain since the beginning of January.
Storms have aimed at the northern half of the West Coast for much of the month.
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Storminess will continue across the northwestern United States into early next week after a rather dry start to 2016.
The storm track, which favored the southwestern U.S. during the first week of January, has shifted to the northwestern United States and that pattern will continue into the third full week of January.
“Several storms will impact the Pacific Northwest and northern California into early next week, renewing the threat for flooding in some areas,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.
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Windswept rain and snow will slam the western U.S leading to treacherous travel during the holiday week.
Those taking to the road during one of the busiest times of the year will likely face slow travel and delays each day.
“Every day through Wednesday, a storm will barrel into the Northwest with rain and interior snow,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
Rain will soak the western coast through the middle of the week while heavy snow will bury mountainous inland areas. In addition, strong wind gusts will sweep through the area.
Continue reading at AccuWeather: Coastal rain, wind to batter western US; Feet of mountain snow to disrupt travel
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