Unexpected things are happening: Because an earthquake anywhere in the world can set off another, even on the other side of the globe, scientists are predicting that a major earthquake, similar to the one that hit Chile and Haiti, has more than a one-in-three chance of striking the Pacific Northwest within the next 50 years.

Earlier estimates put the chance of such a quake at once every half century, but new analysis has changed the opinion of geologists studying the Cascadia Subduction zone, where the ocean floor slips below the North American Plate, and where the region’s earthquakes originate.

In LiveScience.com, Jeremy Hsu quotes marine geologist Chris Goldfinger as saying, “It is not a question of if a major earthquake will strike, it is a matter of when, and the ‘when’ is looking like it may not be that far in the future.”

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