"The Cascadia Subduction Zone and the Coming Megathrust Earthquake" is the subject of Peninsula College’s June 7 Studium Generale lecture, presented by Professor Dann May, beginning at 12:30 pm.
In a 2014 interview, May noted that the North Olympic Peninsula is riddled with earthquake faults. The subduction zone fault can create huge quakes that then trigger tsunamis but the zone only strikes on an average of every 500 years, according to a 2011 U.S. Geological Survey report. Such a quake isn’t likely to happen in the lifetime of anyone living today in Washington state, May explained. What may be of more immediate concern and interest to those who attend the lecture is that there are four main faults that run directly through the Peninsula and many other faults in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Local faults are of the type called “reverse faults"; these are found where one block of land is being pushed up and over another block of land. On the Peninsula, four of these blocks are present: Hurricane Ridge, Klahhane Ridge, Mount Pleasant and most of the bluffs and higher portions of Port Angeles and Striped Peak.
Each of the major river valleys on the west end of the Peninsula is formed on top of a fault, he noted. Professor May studied similar faults in Texas, when he worked for Standard Oil.
Professor May teaches on the main campus in Port Angeles as well as in Forks, where he has quickly become a very popular instructor. Students say that his classes are engaging and that they appreciate not only the content but this professor’s enthusiasm for the subject he is teaching.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Kate Reavey firstname.lastname@example.org