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house Bill H.R. 876

Does the Pacific Northwest Need an Early Warning System for Earthquakes and Tsunamis?

Argument in favor

Major earthquakes have occurred off the Pacific Northwest coast in the past, and the tsunami the next one causes could kill tens of thousands of people. An early warning system would give locals more time to get to a safe place when their current lead time is as little as 10 minutes after the ground stops shaking.

burrkitty's Opinion
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02/05/2019
The cascades subduction zone has a regular history of 9.0+ mega thrust earthquakes that produce local devastation and world crossing tsunami. There are five states and all the pacific territories in the danger zone as well as many world economies that are critically entwined with the USA. (Canada, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea to start) This is the minimum we should be doing.
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Jugbo's Opinion
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02/06/2019
Yes. Any amount of early warning will help regardless of the size of danger.
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August's Opinion
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02/06/2019
Do it!!! It should of been in placed years ago.
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Argument opposed

The fault that could cause a major earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific Northwest — the Cascadia Subduction Zone — has historically had such sudden, violent quakes that a warning system would be of limited value. Besides, the next “big” earthquake could be relatively mild or not occur for hundreds of years.

RAN's Opinion
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02/06/2019
This is a state issue, the rest of the country shouldn’t have to pay for people’s bad choice of where they live.
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Jerry's Opinion
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02/06/2019
Other comments say the same thing I would: why should all the other states pay for the warning system of one state? They aren't helping my State clean my water, or environment, etc. We have to learn to stop using other peoples money for our own needs or wants. There will always be more wants than we can pay for.
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JTJ's Opinion
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02/05/2019
No, do you people understand 20T in debt. Fund it locally.
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    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019
    The cascades subduction zone has a regular history of 9.0+ mega thrust earthquakes that produce local devastation and world crossing tsunami. There are five states and all the pacific territories in the danger zone as well as many world economies that are critically entwined with the USA. (Canada, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea to start) This is the minimum we should be doing.
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    Yes. Any amount of early warning will help regardless of the size of danger.
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    It's scary it's not already in place.
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    No brainer. Do It!
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    PASS THE LEGISLATION NOW FOR THE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM Major earthquakes have occurred off the Pacific Northwest coast in the past, and the tsunami the next one causes could kill tens of thousands of people. An early warning system would give locals more time to get to a safe place when their current lead time is as little as 10 minutes after the ground stops shaking. SneakyPete.......... 🌊💦☔️🌊. 2*6*19..........
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    Do it!!! It should of been in placed years ago.
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    Yeah, let’s invest is saving lives for a change
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    It would be lovely to have more opportunity to survive. Yes, early warning can makes a difference between living and dying and it hurts quick or tsunami and neither is a good way to go.
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    If that’s something that could happen there and would save lives then yes it makes sense to have warnings.
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    This is saving lives, of course this needs to be a priority, especially when you consider how overdue and vulnerable the northwest is.
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    This should have been done decades ago.
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    Yes, this is a no brainer but make sure you have the same or better system for any areas of the United States that might need it. Any wide spread natural disaster on the west coast can destroy our economy as well as impacting the world’s economy. This is the federal government job and not a state job. Stop trying to divide the country and show unity. But in case you want to know, the states on the west coast pay a whole lot more in taxes then most of the country.
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    Are you kidding me? Of course they do, you idiots.
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    Right on the Ring of Fire...would be a great idea to do this proactively! Please consult the experts!
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    This out of sight out of mind attitude is just crazy. Of course we should do everything possible as a country to keep all americans safe.
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    Why doesn't AMERICA already have one? TRUMP and the GOP can shutdown the Government and cost us MILLIONS but when it comes to planning ahead to try and save lives no not us! Jesus, Mary & Joseph
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    The threat is real!
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    Yes. The Pacific NW needs an earthquake and tsunami warning system.
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    This is a state issue, the rest of the country shouldn’t have to pay for people’s bad choice of where they live.
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    Given the scale of the potential disaster that could ensue as a result of a slip in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, an early warning system is desperately needed and could save tens of thousands of lives!
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