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, 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

Ways to Motivate Yourself Forward



Have you ever had one of those days where your energy level is low? Where leaving the house seems like a huge feat. I am not talking about people suffering from depression or feeling sick. Just the kind of day where you want to be a “lump on a log.”

I had that kind of day yesterday. I just went with it and enjoyed the ride  But sometimes you have work, meeting or project to finish. Here are some ways to try and get you moving again.

Rest: The first step is a good night’s rest. For some of us, it is nearly impossible because of work schedules. It’s hard to get motivated on 4 hours of sleep. Stepping away from the gadgets an hour or ½ hour to bed will help.

Water: We are mostly made of water, and we suffer if we don’t drink enough. So, make sure that this is taken care of. I use mint drops or oils to enhance the taste of the water. I bought a filter system (berkey) and the water tastes much better. Use whatever method you need to make sure drinking water is enjoyable and not a difficult.

Exercise: This is a straight forward one for most of us. I tried exercise a couple of days ago to wake up. I did about 25 jumping jacks, and that did the trick. It feels good to get the blood flowing.

Music: Turn of the tunes and go with the flow. I have turned on Pandora music and selected “Red Hot Chile Peppers.” Let the music motivate you.

Smells: I have never tried smells to energize myself. But I could see where it could get you moving once more. The linked article talks about five smells to wake you up. Oranges, peppermint, lemons, eucalyptus, and grapefruit. Click here for a full description

Below are other articles or websites that may help you. I highly recommend Pyschtronics; they have a lot of great information on psychology.

5 Amazing Theories of Motivation—Psychtronics

How To Motivate Yourself – Self Motivation – Pick Your Brain

25 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself – Positivity Blog