Your Cascadia 1700 Post is Here!

316 years ago today, the Cascadia Subduction Zone ripped along its entire length. The megathrust earthquake destroyed native villages along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America, and inspired generations of stories of the devastation. Across an ocean, people in Japan suddenly found their towns flooded and their homes washed away by a tsunami that came out of nowhere. Here is the story of Thunderbird and the Orphan Tsunami.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do enough research and craft a proper fictional piece about it. But I now have enough resources to do that for next year. So for the next anniversary, we shall have a nice fantasy tale –  probably novella length, even. And once I get my Patreon set up at last, my wonderful patrons will have the first look as I write it!

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Your Cascadia 1700 Post is Here!

13 thoughts on “Your Cascadia 1700 Post is Here!

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    Thanx a lot. I liked that. What a thought, to be living on top of a subducting plate that is now locked.

    As to legendary notions of earthquakes, here’s a Japanese one: Namazu (Japanese mythology) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia — In Japanese mythology, the Namazu (鯰) or Ōnamazu (大鯰) is a giant catfish who causes earthquakes. He lives in the mud under the islands of Japan, and is guarded by the god Kashima who restrains the catfish with a stone. When Kashima lets his guard fall, Namazu thrashes about, causing violent earthquakes.

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    That gave me goosebumps. And since I live just about a mile from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, it’s frightening.

    Is that a typo in the first sentence where it says “it was a dark and story night”? Because “story” pretty much works.

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