I hadn't read it either but the news is talking about it a lot right now so I feel like I had read it. I admit, I was a little hesitant to read it, thinking it was going to be anxiety inducing. It was, a little bit, but if you live here it really isn't something you haven't heard before.From my perspective, it's something everyone knows but just...not ignores per se...but lives with. It's like living with a volcano on Hawaii. It's there, and chances are it's going to blow, but you just live your life.
I'm glad she mentioned the Ring of Fire, because that's a thing. It has been increasingly active and it has kind of a pattern to its activity. That does make me nervous, because it seems like it will be our turn soon. However, she did a good job writing about why we've been a bit immune to quakes like the other areas (Japan, New Zealand) and that made me a feel a little better. It's as if we're sort of protected but once the pressure releases, we're utterly screwed.
It is kind of common knowledge that Seattle is screwed. It's protected by many little islands so it wouldn't be quite the direct hit that the Oregon or Vancouver coast would take. However, downtown Seattle is literally built over the original city that burned in a fire. It's sketchy now in areas because they were drilling a tunnel for a freeway and the ground started to sink. Also, it's built below the water table in areas. Nothing can be done with that. They're building a seawall but that's not going to prevent damage from the Big One.Now, we live on a small mountain, on the side that doesn't face the bay. We will be missed by most of the drama. Our house is tethered so it will be the internal damage she spoke about and the loss of resources. We have a generator and fuel so that will get us a few days, and the family and neighbors are next door so resources can be pooled. With the creek, we should still have a water resource. It's the food and fuel component that is worrisome. But that's all temporary.
I follow the writer on Twitter, she definitely knows the area as she spends most of her vacation time on this coast. I believe her intention is pure, not one of drama. She sure needed an editor on that first part of the article though, sheesh.
We still talk about where we would live once we retire. It has gotten less likely now that there are grandchildren (grandnephews/nieces is such a cumbersome description) We have talked about being snowbirds or having an RV and doing extensive traveling. But this would be low on the list of reasons why we would move away from our beautiful little corner of the world.
And this is where I say that I have no formal science background so my knowledge is picked up from living here, state history, and what I've learned in school. Also, the one non-family neighbor is a Science professor at the University here. He's told us all about how the Earth does what it does.