Quake Could Threaten 90 Percent Of Oregon Fuel Supply

Story by Tony Schick at OPB: http://www.opb.org/news/series/unprepared/oregon-earthquake-fuel-breakdo...

Yumei Wang...an engineer with Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, known as DOGAMI...“The risk here is extreme,” she said. After an earthquake, “within 10, 20 seconds, the sand will turn into a thick, sandy soup.”

And that would be bad.

Soil liquefaction, as it’s known to geologists, can exacerbate shaking and destroy roads, buildings and underground pipes. If that happens here in Portland, it could devastate supply lines for fuel, electricity and natural gas. It could also mean a major chemical spill into the Willamette River.