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BY PETER J. SMITH

Department of Earth Sciences
The Open University
Milton Keynes, U.K.

·Can the Pacific Northwest, having already had one nasty surprise (Mount St. Helens, 1980), expect even greater devastation from major earthquakes on the subduction zone below? Historical record suggests not; evidence from earlier times is conflicting.

D.O. West, D.R. McCrumb, "Coastline uplift in Oregon and Washington and the nature of Cascadia subduction-zone tectonics," Geology, vol. 16,...

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