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!
13 thoughts on “Your Cascadia 1700 Post is Here!”
I can’t wait to read your story on the earthquake and tsunami, especially if you include roles for the Great Old Ones.
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.
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.
Did you see the article “The Great Quake and the Great Drowning” http://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-long/great-quake-and-great-drowning
Yep! It was republished at Salon. I linked it at the end of the post at SciAm.
Total typo. I’ll leave it for now, though, lol.
Darn catfish! :-) Love it, thank you!
Do you have any specific links or resources I should check out for the Great Old Ones?
Yeah – I found it when I got to the end.
Cascadia scares me and fascinates me at the same time.
Thanks, Dana! If there’s a betting pool for predictions of the next Big One, I’m picking August 21st of next year.
Here’s a good place to start –
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