The Pacific Northwest is due for a Major Earthquake

An 8.0-magnitude-plus earthquake hasn’t rumbled beneath the Pacific Northwest since the 1700s. Now, the region is due for the next “big one” and a subsequent tsunami. Coastal Indigenous communities could be severely affected. (Already, the Shoalwater Bay Tribe is constructing a tsunami tower to give their residents a better shot at survival in the face of this kind of natural disaster.)

Clues from the past—paired with modern-day science—can help us better understand why this area is at risk and how to best mitigate an earthquake and tsunami’s effects.


Produced by:
Angelica Coleman
Jay Colamaria

Production Assistance:
Lorena Lyon
Christina Monnen
Caitlin Saks

Music: APM

Amiran White
Degenkolb Engineers and Rice Fergus Miller
Edgeworx Studios, LLC
Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
Weave Ltd.

© WGBH Educational Foundation 2021


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