Welcome Seismological Society of America meeting attendees to Portland, Oregon, my hometown! Home of clear blue skies (when it's not raining), the beautiful Willamette (Wil-LAM-ette) and Columbia rivers, creeks and lakes galore, majestic volcanic peaks (look to the north and east if it's a clear day), green trees, trees, and more trees, delicious pinot noirs, and of course, gigantic earthquakes. Not just big earthquakes but gigantic earthquakes, like magnitude (M) 9! Trouble is, hardly anyone knows about it. Well, that's not exactly true. A good number of Portlanders, Oregonians, and Pacific Northwesterners know that earthquakes can occur in...

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