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Slippery clay intensified 2011 tsunami-quake, scientists say

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Seems like the perfect place to situate a nuclear plant.

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I hope that in the NEAR future they come and drill of the west coast of BC Canada and Washington State, a very similar tectonic situation exists here ( three plates converging) with records back to the year 1700 ( found in Japan btw they had a tsunami there as a result) of an earthquake now classified as a 9.1 or even larger. It inundated the west coast with a huge tsunami even remembered in oral native history and soil samples taken that show massive amounts of sand covering destroyed forests. Check out Cascadia Earthquake on Google , interesting info.

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This is why I love science.

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The government should be spending money on raising the height of all sea walls by twenty feet to try to afford a coming quake that will be worse than the one before.

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asybot12 is spot on. It took over 100 years for our scientists to realize that the Cascadia fault does create tsunamis. The Temple records of a huge "orphan" tsunami in January, 1700 confirmed the event. We now know the period is about once every 300 years or so and the evacuation route signs have been posted.

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This was just published, but the findings have been out there for a few years. There's apparently a strong correlation in the smectite in a faulted area and the frequency/severity of quakes.

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Those tsunami photos are horrific.

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What a brilliant link... probably... could... reported...

The scenario of a serial chain reaction blasting apart nuclear plants along the Pacific Coast, is what compelled Naoto Kan, prime minister at the time of the 311 disaster, to contemplate the mass evacuation of 50 million residents (a third of the national population) from the Tohoku region and the Greater Tokyo metropolitan region to distant points southwest.(7) Evacuation would be impeded by the scale and intensity of multiple reactor explosions, which would shut down all transport systems, telecommunications and trap most residents. Tens of millions would die horribly in numbers topping all disasters of history combined.

Yet when you read the notes from (7) it states “If all 10 reactors and 11 SFPs at Fukushima had exploded, the fallout would have been 10-to-20 times greater than Chernobyl. If that had happened, the evacuation of the Greater Tokyo region, some 50 million residents spread over a 140-km area, would have become necessary."

That didn't happen. The evacuation of Tokyo, even under a worst case scenario was never going to happen (US scientists). That link is a disgrace to all of the intelligent people who have posted on this subject - both pro and anti.

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