The Internet has been abuzz since Fox News reported on information from an article published in The New Yorker about an imminent, massive earthquake that threatens the Pacific Northwest. The effects of the quake will be widespread, with devastation crippling the entire west coast of North America.
The earthquake will trigger other geological-scale effects, including a large tsunami (tidal wave) and has the potential to cause other natural disasters.
Scientists studying the geological record discovered that a mega-quake has struck the region like clockwork over the last 10,000 years almost every 240 years, each time releasing built-up pressure in the Earth's crust. And now, such a quake is about 75 years overdue.
The pressure continues to build and that means a mega-quake is certain to hit the region; it's not a question of ‘if,' but ‘when'.
If it follows the established pattern, this earthquake will be absolutely massive – somewhere in the range of 8.7 and 9.2 on the Richter scale and because of the coastal location, it will trigger a destructive 100ft.- high tsunami that will wreak havoc as far away as Japan.
But that's not the only region that'll feel the effects.
Read on to learn more about what scientists learned about this impending natural disaster: