Howling at the blood moon from the top of Donnelly Dome on a double-digit subzero night. (January 31, 2018.) Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
While watching the news on this particular night I began to feel somewhat oppressed with everything going on in our world currently. Just one more reason to be thankful for living at the end of the proverbial “highway” in Interior Alaska.It’s not for everyone but for this guy, it’s perfect!
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
Last week’s 7.0 earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska, should serve as a wake-up call. Those of us living on Oregon’s Coast know about the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the threat posed by it. Two tectonic plates, the Juan de Fuca and the Continental Plate are locked in a Sumo match about 60 to 90 miles off the coast of Vancouver Island, Washington, Oregon, and northern California. The experts say when those two plates finally slip, we will see an earthquake of the likes not seen in recent times. Predictions of 9.0 or better are common when the seismologists speak of the anticipated Cascadia quake.
Friends in the Anchorage area sent photos of their workshop. It looked like a hardware store dumped a truckload of merchandise on the floor. Other news photos show busted roads, store goods scattered and videos of teeth-rattling action. Consider the Anchorage quake registered 7.0 on the Richter scale and the amount of damage experienced was significant.
The most recent Cascadia quake occurred on January 26, 1700. There were no white men living in the Northwest at that time, therefore no one kept written records. There was, however an orphan tsunami in Japan which wiped out several fishing villages. The Japanese called it an orphan tsunami as there was no earthquake, hence no warning preceding the damage. Experts surmised an earthquake occurred elsewhere on the planet. Later they connected the dots and coupled with First-Nations lore handed down from one generation to the next, concluded the two were connected.
Core samples taken from estuaries up and down the Pacific Northwest coast tell a story of multiple earthquakes over the past 10,000 years. Over that period of time, the Pacific Northwest has experienced 41 subduction zone earthquakes. Divide 10,000 by 41 and the answer is 243. Two hundred forty-three years average between subduction zone earthquakes. With the most recent in January 1700, we’re due. Overdue in fact! We are now nearly 319 years into a 243-year cycle.
According to Kathryn Schulz writing for New Yorker Magazine, “Twenty-two per cent of Oregon’s coastal population is sixty-five or older. Twenty-nine per cent of the state’s population is disabled, and that figure rises in many coastal counties.”
Local authorities are quoted “We can’t save them, I’m not going to sugarcoat it and say, ‘Oh, yeah, we’ll go around and check on the elderly.’ No. We won’t.” Nor will anyone save the tourists. Washington State Park properties within the inundation zone see an average of seventeen thousand and twenty-nine guests a day. Oregon authorities estimate up to a hundred and fifty thousand people visit Oregon’s beaches on summer weekends. “Most of them won’t have a clue as to how to evacuate, and the beaches are the hardest place to evacuate from.”
Schulz continues, “There are estimates that in the I-5 corridor it will take between one and three months after the earthquake to restore electricity, a month to a year to restore drinking water and sewer service, six months to a year to restore major highways, and eighteen months to restore health-care facilities. On the coast, those numbers go up. Whoever chooses or has no choice but to stay there will spend three to six months without electricity, one to three years without drinking water and sewage systems, and three or more years without hospitals. Those estimates do not apply to the tsunami-inundation zone, which will remain all but uninhabitable for years.”
I never write to cause concern or fear, but to motivate folks to awareness and action. If a shocking analysis brings action, so be it.
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Dave Robinson is an author, pastor and freelance writer. His book, “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” is available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers.
Sunrise on the Delta River December 1, 2018
Photo Courtesy Carol Dufendach
Jarvis Creek Spectator Aurora: Watching the aurora next to a campfire on Jarvis Creek.
Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
This year we have celebrated our 10th year of decorating the Sullivan Roadhouse. It has been fun, and sometimes challenging, decorating the roadhouse and farmers market. We started with two volunteers, which increased to a dependable four or five for a few years and then declined to four, soon to be three. Regretfully this year is our last. The elves are retiring from this endeavor and truly hope someone else will step up and continue this tradition with creative expressions of their holiday spirit.
This year we are thankful for:
Mr Hanson’s class, for pounding posts into the ground from which to attach trees.
Jeff Durham for sending the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District crew to string the lights on all the buildings.
Don Waldo for stringing the lights on the big tree’s.
Mike Farrar for the beautiful inside Christmas tree and being our dedicated handyman.
Aaron Holbrook for donating his time and fixing the monitor stove so it would stay running and keep the
building as toasty warm as possible.
Secret elf who helped cut, load and haul truckloads of trees and boughs and spent countless hours repairing lights.
Andrea Richards and her helpers for once again erecting the nativity set.
Rachelle Rogers and her students for performing the wonderful music for our entertainment during the festivities….
Dee Dee Webb for taking great photos of families and friends, assisted by Dona Brooks.
Delta Building Supply for all the donations that helped light the way.
Jamie & Jennifer Murray for pitching in and decorating the tree inside of the roadhouse with an absence of heat.
Holly Stewart & the homeschool students made treats and filled goodie bags..
Ed & Gayle Larson & Jeff for the hot chocolate for all of us to enjoy and warm up with.
Delta News Web, and Delta Wind for publicizing all the information about the event..
A special “Thank You” goes to all the bakers of the delicious cookies; Carol Dufendach, Christine Lemly, Christy Roden, Holly’s Students, Angela Lentz, Tisha Kennell, Joyce Mccombs, Bj Bond, Georgia Pliska, Tracy Blais, Tiki Levingston, Carol Austin.
My grandson Gage Lentz and his friend Star Murray for serving the hot chocolate.
Also grandson Dade Lentz for helping Santa.
Chirsty Roden, Carol Dufendach & Christine Lemly for always willing to work at a moment’s notice . And my dear friend Christine Boerst who worked outside with me on many inclement days.
Last but not least we are especially thankful for” Santa” who took time from his busy schedule to join us!
With this being our 10th and final year of decorating the Sullivan Roadhouse, recognize the time and energy commitment of these few volunteer ladies, for without them it would not have been possible. Please remember to thank those that have given so much and asked nothing in return.
Remember this Holiday Season, it’s not about the gifts you receive, it’s about the Giving….
Take time to do something good for you, your family, friends and community.
Elf in disguise….Lou Ann Fett