Check out this seismic chart showing worldwide quakes 4.0 and above in the last 30 days. Big Quakes seem to be coming in rapid succession, starting with the big quake in Haiti. I live within the so called "Ring of Fire", in the Pacific Northwest, and we are in a larger quake zone.
If all that were not enough to make us humble to the power of Mother Nature, she whips up a huge Volcano eruption in Iceland, big enough to shut down many airports in Europe. As in the 2nd busiest airport in the world, Heathrow, is entirely shut down. Apparently the thick ash from the volcano can actually cause airplane engines to seize up & stop working, not to mention the lack of visibility.
Check out these NASA photos.
Ok Mother Nature! We respect your power, we really do!
Oregon's quakes mostly take place out in the Pacific Ocean where plates are stacked or pushed up by the other plate. That means our earthquake action would be a vertical drop, as opposed to the side by side fault lines/action we see happen in California. Seismic experts say a vertical drop is more damaging. So far we've had lots of small pressure release earthquakes that are not felt, or do damage to the land. Theoretically a big quake here could obliterate the coastline, and inlanders could have ocean front property, but that would have to be some enormous quake to see that much land mass change. Of course, big quakes reek havoc, and cause instant chaos. The basics go away right away-- power, running water, sewage, communication systems.
Aftershocks prevent people from being able to go back inside if there is still a structure to go to.
For over a decade, we carried earthquake insurance coverage through Allstate, and out of the blue, they sent a letter stating they no longer offer earthquake insurance. Apparently they just want to take your money, but if you really need help, the "You're in good hands" people, will drop you like a rock.
I know it could happen here, and I see how much power is unleashed in these occurrences of nature.
For about a week the media covers the quake aftermath, then they move on to another story.
Here are some photos of Haiti, more than 2 months after their quake. Haiti is one of the most impoverished countries in the world, so it was in bad shape before the quake hit. The United Nations has made several pleas to keep the contributions coming, and to not forget Haiti.
These photos speak for themselves. 70+ days after the earthquake, a glimpse of Haiti.
Waiting in line for water