‘Everything west of I-5 will be toast’? Local experts react to article depicting huge quake in Northwest

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SEATTLE — Those living in the Northwest know the next big earthquake could happen at any time. However, an article in the New Yorker takes that threat a step further, detailing what will happen when it does hit.

Experts say older buildings and structures in Seattle, like the Alaska Way Viaduct,  would be most vulnerable during an earthquake, but they don’t believe the devastation is going to be like anything depicted in the movies.

The New Yorker article discusses the possibility of a major earthquake and its impact, quoting FEMA’s regional director, Kenneth Murphy, as saying, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”

John Vidale is the state’s seismologist, and he has his own idea of what that means.

“The article had a lot of good information in it and there is a lot of real risk and a lot of…

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Twitter Unveils New Dashboard To Help Users Monitor Their Data

DataCamp Gets $1M Seed Round To Develop Data Science Learning Platform

FDA Requiring Stronger Heart Attack & Stroke Warnings For Many Common Painkillers


The warning labels for Advil and other ibuprofen-containing drugs will soon be updated to more accurately reflect concerns about heart attack and stroke risks.  (photo: frankieleon) The warning labels for Advil and other ibuprofen-containing drugs will soon be updated to more accurately reflect concerns about heart attack and stroke risks. (photo: frankieleon) The Food and Drug Administration is looking to make consumers more aware of potential risks for heart attack and stroke associated with a popular class of painkillers that many of us use on a frequent basis for everyday aches and soreness.

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Enterprises Don’t Have Big Data, They Just Have Bad Data

Fire Information Map instructions

AK Fire Info

When there are multiple fires happening at once, it can be extremely confusing to know which fire might impact you or your friends and family.  Fortunately, there is an interactive map developed by the BLM Alaska Fire Service that can help you learn more about the fires most important to you.

This map tool isn’t perfect and is not updated in real time, but it can be a great tool to give you basic information about incidents.  You are also welcome to call the Fire Information Center at 907-356-5511, either to learn more about this tool or to learn more about fires you’re interested in.

First step: Open your web browser and go to http://fire.ak.blm.gov/

Then you’ll need to navigate to the map:

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Hover your mouse over the “Maps-Imagery-Geospatial” tab and another menu will appear:

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Click on the “Statewide Fires” line and your map will open in a new window.


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You Can Now Buy Amazon’s Siri-For-Your-Home

With the story flying around about OK Google listening to private convos, I can see using the Off button a lot.


Amazon’s Amazon Echo voice-activated, connected home command center is now available for anybody to purchase. The Siri-like device will start shipping July 14.

The cylindrical Echo, which responds to voice commands and allows a user to learn the weather, set alarms, and listen to music, had a limited launch in fall 2014. Since then, Amazon has added many new features to the Echo, including compatibility with the music streaming service Pandora, the audiobook service Audible, and more.

“We are grateful to our early customers for their incredible engagement and for providing us with invaluable feedback to help shape Echo as it evolves—with their help, we’ve been able to add features like Audible, Pandora, home automation, sports scores, calendar, and more,” said Amazon Echo vice president Greg Hart in a statement. “We’re excited to get Echo into the hands of even more customers and continue to invent new features and experiences.”

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Deep-Fried Starbucks Coffee Joins List Of Ridiculous Food You Can Find At The Fair

I’m sorry but this is really disgusting sounding.


(Courtesy of San Diego County Fair) (Courtesy of San Diego County Fair) If you thought the world couldn’t possibly cough up yet another deep-fried food oddity, you were wrong and you’ll probably be wrong again if you think people will ever stop chucking things into hot oil. The deep-fried trend is especially prevalent at fairs and festivals, with this year’s nominee for freakish fare showing up at the San Diego County Fair to much ado: Deep-fried Starbucks coffee.

No, not just any coffee, apparently it must be Starbucks, as seen in the sign at the Bacon-A-Fair booth and on the cups the food comes in, reports FoodBeast.

And if you’re imagining a piping hot crust filled with molten coffee, which sounds like something you’d inflict on your enemy so as to render him incapable of using his tongue ever again — it’s deep fried balls of ground coffee, dusted with sugar and topped with whipped…

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Chrome Should Soon Be Easier On Your Mac’s Battery

Lord, I hope so….

Pinterest Unveils Buyable Pins, A Way To Purchase Things Directly Within Pinterest

Well. That was bound to happen eventually….. I worry about the security ramifications here. I won’t be using Facebook as a monetary tool any time soon, either.