Earthquake and tsunami risks challenge Jordan Cove LNG terminal

Earthquake and tsunami risks challenge Jordan Cove LNG terminal

The site of the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay is within the tsunami inundation zone.

Don't trivialize the risk of a major quake in the near future.

Scientists say there is a 40 percent chance of megathrust earthquake and tsunami on the Cascadia Subduction Zone off Coos Bay in the next 50 years. Physical risks to the facility, which is proposed to be built on a sand spit north of town, would come from violent ground motion, soil liquefaction, lateral spreading and subsidence.

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