California’s San Andreas Fault is Well Known, But the Bigger Threat May Lie Just to Its North
August 10, 2015
month, The New Yorker ran an article
titled “The Really Big One,” written by Katherine Schultz, which described how
the worst natural disaster to be recorded in U.S. history is yet to come, and may
be caused by the Cascadia subduction zone. Sound familiar? Probably not. Many
people are familiar with the San Andreas Fault, but Cascadia, a 1,000-kilometer-long
subduction zone stretching from northern California to British Columbia, could
be the cause of an earthquake of greater magnitudes than we’ve experienced
A subduction zone refers to a region of the planet where one
tectonic plate is sliding underneath another. In this case, according to the USGS, it is the Juan de Fuca plate that is slipping
beneath the North America Plate. As Juan de Fuca slips under the North America, the
edge of North America is bulging upward.
An article in the Oregonian states that in recent years, Oregon
has become a popular location for data centers due to its mild climate and inexpensive
power. Facebook, Google and Amazon all have data centers in Oregon. Although
power costs are always a top concern when planning a data center, companies
looking at the Pacific Northwest must also consider the seismic risk.
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As companies, agencies and governments prepare for what is
considered inevitable, CPI offers expertise and protection for valuable IT
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