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Engineers study 2011 Japanese earthquake to prepare Northwest for the Big One

Two major earthquakes last year raised red flags for seismically-active parts of North America. Some of the damage in Japan and New Zealand resulted from a phenomenon called liquefaction, which turns the ground turns into Jell-O-like quicksand. Transmission towers topple, buildings sink and utility pipes break. Now, geologists in the Pacific Northwest have mapped the…

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