Researchers estimate how ‘The Big One’ earthquake could hit electrical grid

Plenty of nightmare scenarios have been spun about the looming Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake — yes, it’s going to happen someday — but solid research on what it might do to the Western electricity grid is apparently scant.

Now an Oregon State University team hopes to fill the knowledge gap, taking advantage of a newly announced $433,792 National Science Foundation grant.

Led by Ted Brekken, an electrical and computer engineering professor in Corvallis, the researchers plan to use an…


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