Thursday, March 29, 2018

3/29 Race Rocks, "Big One," volcanic energy

Race Rocks Lighthouse [racerocks.ca/home]
Race Rocks Marine Protected Area
Race Rocks is an Ecological Reserve designated by the British Columbia Parks Ministry in the eastern entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Salish Sea, Canada. The reserve is also a designated Marine Protected Area and has been such since the first bid in 2000 was derailed by DFO in Ottawa. Started in 1978 as a marine science project by the students of Pearson College UWC under the supervision and guidance of their teachers, Garry Fletcher and Marks McAvity, in 1980 it became ecological reserve #97 under Provincial B.C. Parks protection. In 1998 it became a Canadian Marine Protected Area designate. It is managed by the staff and students at the college, and is available as a resource for research and education.(Wikipedia)

Here's how a 9.0 earthquake would affect Washington's coast
How fast do you think you could prepare if "The Big One" hits? How fast do you think you could clear out of a tsunami zone? The Washington Geological Survey recently published modeling of how Grays Harbor and Pacific County would be hit with a massive wave following a 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the fault line that runs about 600-miles along the West Coast, and an estimate of how much time residents would have to prepare for a massive wave. Their guess? About 15 to 20 minutes. Of course, that'd be following a mighty powerful earthquake as well. Zosha Millman reports. (SeattlePI)

Are Washington's volcanoes the next big energy source? 
Washington's volcanoes could one day join solar and wind as producers of renewable energy. The state Department of Natural Resources plans to tap into the idea this summer. Geologists think there could be pockets of geothermal resources throughout Washington state, but there's no clear data showing where. The state’s Department of Natural Resources wants to check for hot spots under the state's major volcanoes. DNR spokesperson Joe Smillie said this will be the first time the state has searched far below the volcanoes. They're getting ready to take action after the legislature passed a bill last year allowing deeper drilling for geothermal resources. Paige Browning reports. (KUOW)

Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  254 AM PDT Thu Mar 29 2018  
TODAY  SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 5  ft at 10 seconds. Rain likely.
TONIGHT  SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell  4 ft at 10 seconds. Rain likely.

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