The probability of a major earthquake in Oregon in the next 50 years could range as high as 40%, Oregon State University scientists say.
"One of the take-home messages," said Chris Goldfinger of OSU, lead author of the study, "is that these numbers are larger than people are used to seeing."
Although these predictions have circulated among geohazards professionals for a few years, their formal publication by the U.S. Geological Survey carries a lot of weight, said Yumei Wang of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. This includes being factored in to future revisions of the building code.
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