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Puget Sound under pressure


Last updated 5/18/2017 at Noon

This map shows the path of the South Whidbey Island Fault, which enters land between Edmonds and Mukilteo.

In 2015, from his government office in Snohomish County, Kenneth Murphy made the pronouncement that woke up the Pacific Northwest from its earthquake-denial slumber.

“Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast,” he told New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz in an article titled “The Really Big One.” Schulz’s eye-opening essay – which won a Pulitzer Prize – centered on the bogeyman off the Washington-Oregon coast: the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

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