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SLIDESHOW: How the 'big one' could play out

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    Fifty new simulations of the “big one” show how a magnitude 9.0 earthquake from the Cascadia Subduction Zone could play out, according to University of Washington.  

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    The subduction zone is a fault at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and two plates colliding could eventually slip – triggering a massive earthquake that could shake the northwest. Researchers ran 50 scanarioes of how that could play out. 

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    One animation shows a scenario that’s bad for Seattle, where an earthquake begins off the southern Oregon coast and the fault line breaks north – with seismic waves building up along the way.

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    One animation shows a scenario that’s bad for Seattle, where an earthquake begins off the southern Oregon coast and the fault line breaks north – with seismic waves building up along the way.

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    One animation shows a scenario that’s bad for Seattle, where an earthquake begins off the southern Oregon coast and the fault line breaks north – with seismic waves building up along the way.

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    One animation shows a scenario that’s bad for Seattle, where an earthquake begins off the southern Oregon coast and the fault line breaks north – with seismic waves building up along the way.

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    One animation shows a scenario that’s bad for Seattle, where an earthquake begins off the southern Oregon coast and the fault line breaks north – with seismic waves building up along the way.

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    By contrast, a better scenario for Seattle would actually be an earthquake that begins closer – off the Olympic Peninsula – where the fault line breaks away from the city. 

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    By contrast, a better scenario for Seattle would actually be an earthquake that begins closer – off the Olympic Peninsula – where the fault line breaks away from the city. 

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    By contrast, a better scenario for Seattle would actually be an earthquake that begins closer – off the Olympic Peninsula – where the fault line breaks away from the city. 

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    By contrast, a better scenario for Seattle would actually be an earthquake that begins closer – off the Olympic Peninsula – where the fault line breaks away from the city.  Hide Caption ( - )
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    By contrast, a better scenario for Seattle would actually be an earthquake that begins closer – off the Olympic Peninsula – where the fault line breaks away from the city. 

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