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Whats New

Upcoming Talks, New Papers and Other Things

Pubic Showing of "Unprepared" OPB Earthquake Special, with Panel discussion

Monday May 7, Hatfield Marine Science Center Auditorium, Newport, OR. 6:30 pm.

Pubic Showing of "Unprepared" OPB Earthquake Special, with Panel discussion

Tuesday May 1, North Salem High School Auditorium, 6:30 pm.

Short Course in Subaqueous Paleoseismology offered at thte Geological Society of America Meeting in Seattle

The course is offered Saturday October 21. See GSA for details and registration.

New Paper Released!

This paper shows evedence of offshore erosion caused during the cataclysmic Missoula flood events.

Beeson, J.W., Goldfinger, C., and Fortin, W.F., 2017, Large-scale modification of submarine geomorphic features on the Cascadia accretionary wedge caused by catastrophic flooding events:
Geosphere, v. 13, no. 4, p. 1–16, doi:10.1130/GES01388.1.

New Paper Released!

This paper takes a close look a the Northern San Andreas Fault structure, evolution and termination in Northern California

Beeson, J.W., Goldfinger, C., Johnson, S.Y., 2017, The Offshore Section of the Northern San Andreas Fault: Fault Zone Geometries, Shallow Deformation Patterns, and Asymmetric Basin Growth, Geosphere, v13 (3)

New Paper Released!

This paper models seafloor habitat using Bayesian methods

Havron, A., Goldfinger, C., Henkel, S., Marcot, B.G., Romsos, C., Gilbane, L., 2017, Mapping marine habitat suitability and uncertainty using Bayesian networks: a case study of northeastern Pacific benthic macrofauna, Ecosphere, v. 8 (7), p. 1-25.

New Paper Released!

A new paper came out this week that attempts to integrate tsunami models, onshore andoffshore paleoseismic data in Southern Cascadia:

George R. Priest, Robert C. Witter, Y. Joseph Zhang, Chris Goldfinger, Kelin Wang, Jonathan C. Allan, 2017, New constraints on coseismic slip during southern Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes over the past 4,600 years implied by tsunami deposits and marine turbidites, Natural Hazards DOI: 10.1007/s11069-017-2864-9


National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine

Joint BESR/COSG Meeting - The Cascadia Subduction Zone: Science, Impacts, and Response

November 10-11, 2016, National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC 20418


City Club Earthquake Forum, Kells Pub Portland, November 1, 5:30 pm


Goldfinger Active Tectonics Lab wins 2016 Geological Society of America Kirk Bryan Award.


TEdx Mt. HoodTEDx Portland, June 18, 2016. Revolution Hall



Science Pub Corvallis "Shaking up the Northwest, the Cascadia Earthquake in our Future" Majestic Theatre, Covallis 6 pm. Science Pub at The Majestic @ The Majestic Theatre | Corvallis | Oregon | United States


New Yorker Festival, Manhattan, October 3, School of Visual Arts, Theatre 1, 10 am. App_icon

NWEA Workshop, Hood River Inn, October 2.

Oregon Coast Economic Summit, August 27, Grand Ronde.

The Really Big One: A Public Forum On Earthquake Hazards

and Preparedness in the PNW, University of Oregon, Eugene, August 6, 7 PM. 156 Straub Hall.

New Books

New Novel: Stick Slip from Chris Scholz! An entertaining read about a Cascadia great earthquake.

The Next Tsunami examines our short term memory about disasters, Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2014

New Papers

Second Paper detailing the marine paleoseismic record of the Northern Sumatra margin released.

Second New Canadian Study Corroborates and Extends Cascadia Marine Paleoseismic Record

New Thesis Released: Southern Cascadia Turbidites Traced with High-Resolution CHIRP Sub Bottom Profiles.

New Dissertation Released: Sumatra Paleoseismology

New Paper Released: Cascadia Segmented Rupture Tsunami Models

New Paper Released: Cascadia Tsunami Models

New Paper Released: Cascadia Great Earthquake Clustering

Coastwide Tsunami inundation Scenarios for Oregon Released

"Superquakes and Supercycles" released, Seismological Research Letters

New Paper Released: Cascadia Turbidites in Forearc Lakes?

Preliminary study of existing lake sedimentary records suggests a record of great earthquakes.

New Cascadia Paper Released: Segmented Ruptures Along the Southern Cascadia Margin

New core and high resolution reflection data illuminate thesouthern Cascadia paleoseismic record.

New Canadian Study Corroborates Cascadia Marine Paleoseismic Record

Seismically generated turbidites in Effingham Inlet, western Vancouver Island.

Second in Sumatra Paleoseismology Series Released

Other Stuff

Bayesian Spatial Analysis Team Wins Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award

Oregon Earthquake Resiliency Report Released

Oregon Tsunami Work Wins Award

Successful geophysical cruise aboard the Derek. M. Baylis completed with very low carbon footprint

Cascadia, the Movie! Animation of 10,000 year earthquake record from marine and coastal paleoseismic sites.

Initiative to Retrofit Schools in Portand for Earthquakes






Articles and Interviews


Assessing The Risk Of A Major Earthquake In The Pacific Northwest. NPR, the Dianne Rehm show, August 18, 2015.


How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes. The New Yorker, July 28, 2015


The Really Big One, The New Yorker, July 13, 2015


Quake, Tsunami Experts advise nervous Northwesterners on preparing for the Really Big One, Oregonian, July 18, 2015.


OSU quake expert Chris Goldfinger warns his own school not to build in Newport's tsunami zone, Oregonian, July 14, 2015


New Study Rethinks Danger of Large Quakes From Deep-Sea Faults, Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2014


AAAS Member Spotlight: Bob Yeats

September 11, 2014


Earth Day and Natural Disasters, Huffington Post Live, April 22, 2014


Seafloor Seach for MH 370, Discovery Canada, Daily Planet April 17, 2014.


A potent threat of major earthquake off California's northern coast, Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2014.


Long-overdue' mega-quake and tsunami would kill thousands along Pacific Northwest coast and cost U.S. $32 billion, experts warn, Daily Mail March 15, 2013


Surprising Super Shakes

Radio New Zealand Interview on "Nights" with Bryan Crump. February 27, 2013


Superquakes, supercycles, and global earthquake clustering: Recent research and recent quakes reveal surprises in major fault systems --AGI Earth Magazine, January 7, 2013


How Earthquakes Bash Through 'Creeping' Faults, Our Amazing Planet, January 9, 2013


Hurricane Sandy Will Be Dwarfed by an Earthquake The Daily Beast


Discovering and Mapping Natural Hazards with Lidar: ESRI winter 2013 newsletter.


The Giant, Underestimted Earthquake Threat to North America, Discover, March, 2012


New Maps Unlock Seafloor Secrets Off Oregon Coast:


A seismic story told by turbidites: Physics Today, February 3, 2012


Undersea Quake Evidence Found off West Coast: San Francisco Chronicle, October 2011


Totally Psyched for the Full-Rip Nine, Outside Magazine, August 2011


Disaster and Preparedness in the Ring of Fire: City Club of Portland panel discussion and video


Risk of Giant Quake off American West Coast Goes Up, Nature, May 31, 2010


Rising Odds for a Great Northwest Quake by 2050, New York Times Opinion, June 1, 2010


Earth: Pacific Northwest Megaquake Imminent, Discovery News Videos, May 31, 2010


Giant Quake Possible in Pacific Northwest, UPI, May 25, 2010


Odds 1-in-3 for Northwest Mega-Quake Within 50 Years, Live Science, May 24, 2010


Pacific Northwest faces higher risk of more frequent earthquakes: Study, Vancouver Sun, May 25, 2010


Odds Are 1-in-3 That a Huge Quake Will Hit Northwest in Next 50 Years, U.S. News and World Report, May 2010


Geologist Forecasts Undersea Northwest Quake in 50 Years, Seattle Times, May 25, 2010


"Sleeping Giant" Overdue, Seismologists Ponder "The Big One", National Public Radio, April 21, 2010


"Oregon Considers the Big One", New York Times, April 10, 2010


Earthquake Clustering? Xinhua, China Daily, April 3, 2010


Chile Quake Offers Scientists Interesting New Data, OPB, March 2, 2010


Oregon's Earthquake Risk and Resiliency, DOGAMI News Release, Winter, 2010.


5 Most Dangerous U.S. Earthquake Hot Spots Beyond California, Wired, October 20, 2008


Cascadia Stress Linkage to the San Andreas, Science Daily, April 3, 2008


San Andreas Linkage to Cascadia, Seattle Times, April 3, 2008


San Andreas fault pushed around by big cousin, New Scientist, April 4, 2008.


Greater Tsunami likely in the Pacific Northwest, Oregonian, March 8, 2008


Oregonian, OSU-DOGAMI-OHSU-PGC Tsunami Indundation Study, Oregonian December 17, 2008


Seismic Faults 'Talk' to Each Other Before Earthquakes, Fox News, April 7, 2008


Phuket Gazette, Revelle Sumatra Cruise, June 15, 2007


Jakarta Post, Joint US-Indonesian cruise to begin, May 1, 2007


Analyzing Major Indonesian Earthquakes, Science Daily, May 1, 2007


Oregonian : Airport and Coast Guard vulnerability to Cascadia Earthquake/Tsunami June 14, 2006


OSU and efforts to map the Oregon Territorial Sea for tsunami hazards and habitat research, April, 2006


Tsunami in the Pacific Northwest December 26, 2005, Associated Press


Researching Energy release patterns from past subduction earthquakes Oregonian, 12/7/2005


Scientists Weigh West Coast Wave Threat, NBC, 01/04/05




News Coverage


Goldfinger Active Tectonics Lab wins 2016 Geological Society of America Kirk Bryan Award.


The PBJ Interview: Meet Oregon's big quake soothsayer. Portland Business Journal, July 31, 2015.


Tsunami poses risk to almost 100,000 on West Coast.

CBS News, April 15, 2015


Unprepared. Will we be ready for the megaquake?

OPB News January, 2015


What Science Can, and Can’t Do, to Cut Losses from the Next Tsunami

New York Times Dot Earth.


Oregon Moves Toward Girding Schools Against an Inevitable Great Quake

New York Times Dot Earth.


Megaquake could hit West Coast. CNN, October 14, 2014.


Fox News interview on the release of the USGS 2014 National Earthquake Hazard Maps. Fox news, July 18, 2014.


Jordan Cove LNG terminal at Coos Bay designed for Cascadia quake, tsunami though hazards remain. Oregonian/Oregon Live, June 26, 2014


Promises of Preparedness Followed Devastating Earthquakes. And Yet. New York Times April 14, 2014. Associated video:

We are Perfect, with an Asterisk: New York Times Dot Earth, April 12, 2014


Another Warning for the Northwest fron Chile's Earthquake Hot Zone, New York Times Dot Earth, April 2, 2014


New Book ,"The next Tsunami" examines our short term memory about disasters, Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2014


Quake-up call: 'Little red flags that the subduction zone is active' KVAL TV, March 14, 2014.


It's a Big Deal Preparing Schools for a Big Threat, OPB, April 25, 2013


Agitation of the earth?

Beijing Mirror April 24, 2013. (use Chrome to translate this)


Oregon stockpilers ready for overdue earthquake USA Today, March 24, 2013


Cascadia earthquake, tsunami could cost Oregon economy $32 billion-Portland Oregonian, Feb. 4, 2013


Pacific earthquake: Are scientists underestimating 'superquakes'? Christian Science Monitor, Our Amazing Planet, Feb. 5, 2013

NBC News


Study warns the big one is nearing

The World, August 2, 2012.


Japan Quake Lifted Seabed 16 Stories—Largest Recorded

National Geographic News, Dec. 1, 2011.


Local tsunami expert gets firsthand account of earthquake KVAL, 2011.


'What just happened in Japan is going to happen here'

KVAL, 2011


U.S. fears overdue 'megathrust' earthquake will trigger tsunami and decimate unprepared cities on north-west coast, Daily Mail, 22 April, 2011.


CNN "Anderson Cooper 360" story about tsunami threats to the Pacific Northwest 12/16/2005


Oregonian Story: Researching Energy release patterns from past subduction earthquakes 12/7/2005


Scientists Weigh West Coast Wave Threat, MSNBC, 01/04/05


CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports: Sumatra-Cascadia similarities 12/28/04