Seattle’s hilly neighborhoods could slide into the water during the next earthquake

The Extinction Protocol

October 23, 2013SEATTLEYou already know Seattle is due for a devastating earthquake, but a new study shows one more thing to worry about: Landslides. Seattle is full of slope-side real estate with gorgeous views of Lake Washington and Puget Sound. It’s also primed for possible disaster, thanks to these very same hilly areas that could hurtle into the water during the next big earthquake. Published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, the study found that damage from earthquake-triggered landslides will be worse and more widespread in Seattle than previously thought. The study focused on the Seattle Fault, a 30-mile fracture that runs east-west through Seattle, under CenturyLink Field and over to Issaquah. Capable of inflicting mass damage, it’s due for another rupture, but no one knows when. “A major quake along the Seattle Fault is among the worst case scenarios for the…

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