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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The next giant quake: It’s coming and here’s how

A plane rises from Boeing Field, past an air-traffic-control-tower window broken in the 2001 Nisqually quake. The tower at SeaTac Airport was destroyed, glass shattering and walls collapsing around controllers guiding planes in for a landing. After a Cascadia megaquake, the Resilient Washington plan estimates it will take up to a month to reopen airports for emergency traffic; one to three years for full repairs.