Pacific Northwest Quake Warning

If you live around the Pacific Northwest, you might want to check this news article out about a slow seismic slip underway right now that is increasing the chances of a earthquake by 30 times. The odds, they say, are still quite remote but I guess it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so stocking up on some water and so forth might be a good idea (especially in light of the Hurricane Katrina disaster).

An important seismic event imperceptible to humans has begun in the Pacific Northwest as predicted, according to the government agency Geological Survey of Canada.

The chance of a major earthquake is 30 times higher now for a roughly two-week period, but the odds are still remote, scientists say.

"The probability of occurrence of a megathrust earthquake is about 30 times higher during this approximately two-week window, than during the rest of the 14.5 month cycle," Cassidy told LiveScience. "Having said that, 30 times a small number is still a small number."