Bob Yeats is emeritus professor of geology at Oregon State University. He is a fellow of AAAS and Geological Society of America. His focus is on earthquake geology, especially evidence for active faults in oil-company data. Books include Geology of Earthquakes (Oxford University Press, with coauthors Kerry Sieh and Clarence Allen), Active Faults of the World and Earthquake Time Bombs (Cambridge University Press, and Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press). He has done research in southern California, Oregon and Washington, the Himalaya, South Island of New Zealand, and western China.
Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Sometime in the future, the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, Vancouver Island, and northern California, will experience a devastating earthquake as large as magnitude 9—the same magnitude as an earthquake in coastal northeast Japan in 2011 in which nearly 16,000 people were killed. The earthquake will rupture the plate boundary …