An earthquake called the 'Really Big One' is causing a stir for geologists, researchers and seismologists all over the country.
According to a New Yorker article published in July, researchers say an earthquake and tsunami combination will destroy the entire west coastline resulting from a rupture in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Randy Reed, a geologist at Shasta College, said the length of the Cascadia Subduction Zone on a map to be around 800 miles running from Cape Mendocino to parts of Canada.
"The longer the length, the bigger the magnitude, the more energy is released therefore the longer the ground shakes," Reed said about how the magnitude of an earthquake is measured.
According to Reed, the prediction that the 'Really Big One' will hit isn't a hoax.
"The longer it's locked, the greater potential for a big event but it doesn't require a big event," Reed shared.
Reed said the subduction zone is divided into three segments and the zone could break in parts.
"If the largest component went, which is the Oregon to Washington sections, we'd have a big event just with that segment moving in its own," Reed said.
He said if the southern segment broke, running from Oregon to Northern California, then Shasta County would feel the shake.
Reed showed a larger problem that has been happening for years, a build of pressure between the seafloor and coastline.
He said as the West Coast moves West, a segment of the seafloor is moving East.
"The rate at which they are converging or colliding with one another is building up tension within the seafloor and coastline," Reed said.
He said as the pressure builds, the potential for a break to happen increases.
"The longer we keep this locked with these compressing, colliding forces, the greater for the potential of a big even," Reed shared.
He said the article does a great job starting the conversation about how to be prepared when any earthquake hits, no matter where you live.
"We need to do more to be prepared we need to educate the public and develop emergency evacuation plans," Reed said.