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Facing Cascadia

In Japan, nearly 20,000 people died in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The tragic aftermath struck home in the Pacific Northwest, which faces a similar risk from the Cascadia subduction zone. But we often forget the silver lining. In Japan, there were nearly 200,000 people in the inundation zones, so 90 percent of the people effectively evacuated those areas before the tsunamis arrived.

Working Waterfront on Your Phone

In Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston, aka Oregon’s Bay Area, you can take a tour of the working waterfront, courtesy of Oregon Sea Grant.

Making Art in Wild Places

Music student Ryan Zubieta listened to the sounds around him — water running over stones, branches clicking together, wind rattling the canopy — then recorded and edited them, finally converting them into a haunting piece of music that, he says, “retains the organic quality” of the original woodland sounds.

Value-Added Scientist

Mark Whitham’s know-how is a sought-after commodity for small canners hoping to kick-start or upgrade their facilities.