Support local journalism by subscribing today! Click Here to see our current offers.

The discovery of a leak at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon has been making headlines in recent weeks, but the cause and what it means may not be as dramatic or sinister as originally thought.

When University of Washington (UW) researchers released a paper in January that announced there was a leak about 50 miles off the Oregon Coast that was spewing mineral-rich liquid into the ocean, media outlets were quick to wonder whether this was a precursor to the long-foretold giant earthquake that would erupt from the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Pythia's Oasis

The photo from the University of Washington's study shows Pythia's Oasis up close.


Online Poll

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

1. Be Civil. No bullying, name calling, or insults.
2. Keep it Clean and Be Nice. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
3. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
4. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
5. Be Proactive. Let us know of abusive posts. Multiple reports will take a comment offline.
6. Stay On Topic. Any comment that is not related to the original post will be deleted.
7. Abuse of these rules will result in the thread being disabled, comments denied, and/or user blocked.