UO-Led Cascadia Initiative Focuses on a Shifting Underwater Continental Plate
Where a major earthquake and the Northwest are concerned, the question isn’t “if ”—it’s “when.” Scientists at the University of Oregon are leading a national team that is collecting data that will ultimately describe the risk to the Pacific Northwest.
Aboard the Atlantis
Researchers aboard the Atlantis retrieve the Jason ROV while retrieving seismometers that were deployed to monitor the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The zone stretches from Canada to Northern California and is the major source of geologic activity in the Pacific Northwest.
The Underwater Hunt Begins
Thirty seismometers, each weighing as much as 1,600 pounds each, were deployed at depths up to 2,500 feet. The team retrieved all thirty monitors within a two-week window.