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Photo via Seattle Office of Emergency Management
Photo via Seattle Office of Emergency Management

If the New Yorker article last summer on the Really Big One still has you thinking about how that natural disaster will affect you, this map might help. Or not.

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has released an interactive map of the area that shows the likelihood of how natural disasters, like earthquakes, will affect your neighborhood.

The map also covers an earthquake’s lovely side effects, including tsunamis, liquefaction, flooding and landslides.

Why did they do this?

Photo via Seattle Office of Emergency Management/Tsunami map
Photo via Seattle Office of Emergency Management/Tsunami map

“Seattle is a beautiful place to live, work and play but it’s not immune to major disasters,” the government site states. “On the contrary, our region ranks number one in the country in terms of the number of hazards we face, which includes winter storms, landslides, flooding and earthquakes.”

The map, called the Seattle Hazard Explorer, allows you to search by neighborhood or address. For more details, the Emergency Management Office has also linked to a larger report, Seattle Hazard Identificiation and Vulnerability Analysis (SHIVA), which covers 18 potential hazards.

Each major page with the natural disaster includes more information about how that might affect the area. For example, the earthquake page states that Seattle “experiences three different types of earthquakes, each originating from different sources in the earth. Each type also recur at different intervals and are associating with differing magnitudes,” explains how different areas will experience variations in ground shaking, and even includes a handy YouTube video explaining Amplification and Liquefaction, which you can see below.

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