Another intense slow slip earthquake event is starting much too early along the Pacific Northwest, prompting fears of the next Cascadia rupture…Did you know that nearly every year a ground shift equivalent to a magnitude 6 earthquake occurs below the city of Seattle? And that these shifts happen so slowly, that no one on the surface can feel them? The hundreds of small earthquake that rattle the Pacific Northwest right now are part of a more larger and still mysterious process called a “Slow-Slip” earthquake event. These slow earthquakes happen periodically as the Juan de Fuca and North American plates slide past each other. According to their knowledge, scientists have calculated that this seismic phenomenon happens about every 14 months.
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