The U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park is working on a disaster scenario that could cause walls to rattle and bridges to sway but the ground to stay put, more or less.
The USGS ARkSTORM project considers the possibility of a massive hurricane-like winter storm striking the West Coast and staying for weeks. The last such storm hit California in 1861; climate change could induce more of them, climate experts say.
The cause would be a so-called atmospheric river, a "meteorological phenomenon that draws water vapor from the Pacific Ocean near the equator and transports it to the U.S. West Coast with firehose-like ferocity," according to a USGS publication.
USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project Manager Dale Cox will give a talk on this subject at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Conference Room A in Building 3 at the USGS offices at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.
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Go to this link for an audio preview of the talk.