Juan de Fuca

Mark Odegard markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 1 07:02:30 UTC 2001

I've not seen 'Seattle Rattle' yet, but I'm pretty sure it will happen. 'Ash
Wednesday Earthquake', a la the Alaska Good Friday Earthquake of 64 (or so),
however, is likely to become the popular name.

The earthquake is said to be caused by the Juan de Fuca plate subducting
under the North American plate. There is also Juan de Fuca Strait. All the
talking heads are very careful with this one, making sure the first vowel in
'Fuca' is that of 'boot'.

Pronouncing 'fuca' as 'fuchsia' makes for some salaciously homophonous and
homographous fun.
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