Current Event #2
Landslide Danger Looms in Next Seattle Earthquake
Oskin, Becky. "Landslide Danger Looms in Next Seattle Earthquake."
LiveScience.com. Live Science, 21 Oct. 2013. Web. 23 Oct. 2013. <http://www.livescience.com/40584-seattle-earthquakes-trigger-landslides.html>.
The Article I chose for this current event was called “Landslide Danger Looms in Next Seattle Earthquake. Although somewhat short, it had a lot of information in it, which was nice. As you can imagine, the main focus of the article was about landslides in Seattle when, and if the next earthquake that is predicted happens, which according to the article only has a 5% chance of happening in the next 50 years, which means in our lifetime it is most likely not going to befall . However, that being said, extreme and out of the ordinary events do happen, and this kind of event could very well be that extreme out-of-the ordinary event that takes place in Seattle in our lifetime.
This article started out by explaining the geographic position of Seattle, in relation to the Seattle Fault and the “steep and scenic” slopes that Seattle has to offer. The Author [Becky Oskin] goes on and explains how the landslides occur, which is usually because the soil sits on top of a clay layer, and when it rains and rains this clay gets very, very slippery and causes weaker pockets to slide away forming these landslides.
The really interesting part of the article comes along when the Author of the Study published on these findings, Kate Allstadt gets in on the conversation and starts talking about the simulations that the University of Washington Seismology Department did. In these simulations they were able to show what a magnitude 7.0 Seattle Fault earthquake would do in terms of triggering landslides throughout the Seattle area.
The remaining part of the article discussed the findings of the Computer Simulations that the UWS did. Some of their findings were...