Volcanoes, including Mt. Hood, can go from dormant to active in a few months



Click on the photo for a great history of Mt. Hood.  This article goes out to all the people of the town of Sandy, Oregon.

Via:  Science Daily

Date:February 16, 2014

Source:Oregon State University

Summary:  A new study suggests that the magma sitting 4-5 kilometers beneath the surface of Oregon’s Mount Hood has been stored in near-solid conditions for thousands of years, but that the time it takes to liquefy and potentially erupt is surprisingly short — perhaps as little as a couple of months.


A new study suggests that the magma sitting 4-5 kilometers beneath the surface of Oregon’s Mount Hood has been stored in near-solid conditions for thousands of years, but that the time it takes to liquefy and potentially erupt is surprisingly short — perhaps as little as a couple of months. Continue reading

What is Community Resilience?



This informaton comes directly from:      Speaking The Unspeakable                

We live with many uncertainties; the snow and ice are great reminders of this. Earthquakes, the economy, water supply, as well as climate change all set the stage for an unpredictable future. Preparedness and Resilience become key attributes in times such as these. Community and collective co-empowerment become essential.

Do you have a plan?
How prepared are you?
Do you know your neighbors?
What resources are available?
How will you and your family fare?

Come for an interactive evening where we will open an Unspeakable dialogue to get to the heart of Emergency Preparedness and Community Resilience.

This evening will have something to offer everyone from those who have barely thought of preparedness to those who have been planning for years and are interested in community building.

The evening will include short presentations followed by highly interactive components offering opportunities to start an emergency plan, troubleshoot existing plans, build community connections and develop resilience strategies.

There is no silver bullet solution for the unexpected, yet with proper planning, adequate preparations, community building and resilience training, we can come together to make the best and the most of challenging circumstances.

Join us for the 1st StU Salon: Community Resilience for Uncertain Times!
(note: each month will be a different unspeakable topic)

Sunday March 2nd

Healing Arts Education Center
2714 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR

$11-22 reciprocity requested

Monies received cover expenses as well as supporting local non-profits working in the topic area

Alternative contributions can be made, please contact Amanda directly to discuss


Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake is 314 yrs old



January 26th 1700 was the date of the Cascadia Earthquake. It will come again, with every year that passes increases the odds of it striking.  Are you mental and physical prepared?

The Cascadia subduction zone (also referred to as the Cascadia fault) is a subduction zone, a type of convergent plate boundary that stretches from northern Vancouver Island to northern California. It is a very long sloping fault that separates the Juan de Fuca and North America plates.   Wikipedia

Evidence supporting the date:

Evidence supporting the occurrence of the 1700 earthquake has been gathered into the 2005 book The Orphan Tsunami of 1700, by geologist Brian Atwater and others.

The evidence suggests that it took place at about 21:00 on January 26, 1700 (NS). Although there were no written records in the region at the time, the earthquake’s precise time is nevertheless known from Japanese records of a tsunami that has not been tied to any other Pacific Rim earthquake. The most important clue linking the tsunami in Japan and the earthquake in the Pacific Northwest comes from studies of tree rings (dendrochronology), which show that red cedar trees killed by lowering of coastal forests into the tidal zone by the earthquake have outermost growth rings that formed in 1699, the last growing season before the tsunami. Local Indigenous American oral traditions describing a large quake also exist, although these do not specify the date.[4] There are many areas in the Pacific Northwest with drowned groves of trees that also show evidence of the earthquake.[5]  


My articles about Cascadia:

Click here for a series of articles and podcasts about Cascadia quake:

I wrote a 6 part series based off the Oregon Resilience Report about the mega quake. The Oregon Resilience Report is the best professional analysis of what to expect WHEN the event happens. The report is 200 plus pages long, so I wrote about certain parts I thought people will be interested in.

Videos about the Cascadia Earthquake:

Cascadia Subduction Zone Quake   

Cascadia rupture series 2012 

MegaQuake Could Hit North America – BBC (Full Documentary)

Become a Fruits of Diversity Orchard Steward in 2014!


Below is a newsletter I received by Portland Fruit Tree Project


Curious About the New Volunteer Position at Fruits of Diversity Orchard?

Recruitment for Orchard Stewards at our North Portland community orchard has begun!

Fruits of Diversity Orchard Stewards will join an existing network of neighbors who have been planning, planting, and creating a vision of the orchard (located at 4375 N Trenton St) since early 2013. Now we need your energy and enthusiasm to care and plan for its future.

As an Orchard Steward, you will learn about basic fruit tree care, ensure the maintenance of the orchard, and build community with neighbors. It’s a fun way to get involved and help make locally grown produce available to all.

This will be the first year of the position; we hope to recruit 8-10 enthusiastic community members to join the team!

No experience is necessary, though gardening/orchard experience is a plus!

Folks living in or near Tamaracks Apartment and New Columbia are especially encouraged to apply.

Fruits of Diversity Orchard Stewards commit to:

Participation in monthly Work Parties (1st Saturdays in March – November, 1-4pm)

(topics include pruning, fruit thinning, low-tech irrigation, pest/disease management, and others)

A summer watering shift

Attending an Orientation/Pot-luck/Orchard Tour on February 22nd from 12:00PM to 2:30 PM

Opportunity for more activities/responsibilities based on your interest.

To Apply:

Request an application by calling 503-284-6106, or send an email to michael@nullportlandfruit.org, with ‘FOD Orchard Steward Interest’ in the subject line. We’ll send you an application right away.

Applications are due Monday, February 10th

Thank you so much, and have a great week!



Portland Fruit Tree Project
5431 NE 20th Ave.
Portland, OR 97211
United States