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- The University of Nottingham

For an elegant scientific narrative of the rupturing of the Cascadia fault line, a masterwork of environmental reporting and writing. The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent. When the earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh.