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Q&A: Laser Mapping Finds New Fault Line On Mt. Hood

An eight-foot-tall ridge running for miles near Mount Hood could be the signature of an earthquake fault line.

It’s like a scar.  No one even knew it was there until recently.

OPB’s Vince Patton joined scientists Wednesday as they got their first up close look — he’s back in the studio with me now.

LIDAR laser mapping reveals a fault line as a visible scar on the landscape running vertically through the same region. Courtesy Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries

An aerial photo shows little except forest blanketing Blue Ridge. Courtesy Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries

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