From a report distributed by the Los Angeles Times
Syndicate and earthweek.com, quoting the Earth Environmental
Service: “There happened on Dec. 31, 2000, at 10:08 a.m. an
earthquake of 2.9 magnitude five miles east of North Bend, Wash.”
Would not this event have occurred very near the area
where Cadman is proposing its 25-year blasting operation to
produce gravel? Does its draft environmental impact statement take into
account the earthquake potential of the area?
In the past, I remember dashing out of our creaking house
into the backyard to watch the rocks roll and the dust rise from the
face of Mount Si. This used to be called the result of the Mount Si Fault,
a name not used in recent years.
Possibly a check with the University of Washington
seismology lab should be made about the underlying stability of the
whole area that could be compromised by prolonged blasting and the
removal of overlying stratum.