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May 16, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Friday Memo: Predicting big quakes … Copper River salmon … Seahawks … SIFF opens Egyptian

The Big One? Scientists traditionally have been convinced that predicting earthquakes is impossible because the factors that trigger quakes are very complex. But recent research, based on massive quakes in Japan and Chile, has changed a few minds. Why should you care? The last megaquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which runs 700 miles from Vancouver Island to Northern California, struck in the year 1700 and measured about magnitude 9. The odds of a repeat within the next 50 years are estimated at between 15 and 30 percent. Read more about predicting earthquakes. And admit it: You’re trying to remember the details of those earthquake drills from elementary school right now.

Copper River run: Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka will get to meet President Obama with his team on Saturday, but first he’s helping judge the Copper Chef salmon cook-off this morning. There’s a big shindig at the airport as the  first shipment of Alaskan Copper River salmon makes it to Seattle restaurants and grocery stores. Tasty fishies, but is salmon a breakfast food?

Speaking of the Seahawks, members of the team are looking for more ways to connect personally with the Puget Sound community. Fifteen members of the team got the chance to network with local business leaders at a gathering Wednesday night in White Center. Left tackle Russell Okung, who is one of the most active Seahawks in the community, received an award for his efforts with his Up Foundation. More from Jerry Brewer.

Get the popcorn! The Seattle International Film Festival kicked off with a gala party last night, and movies will take over the city for the next three weeks. One of the highlights: SIFF has reopened the historic Egyptian Theatre. Not sure where to start for this year’s fest? Head to the showing of the 3-Minute Masterpiece contest winners  Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Uptown. If you can’t make the free showing (did you hear the FREE part?), you can watch this year’s winners of the Seattle Times and SIFF contest. But go to the showing if you want to see the Grand Prize winner announced live.  More tips on navigating the festival.

Start your Friday with some artistic French spiders.

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”3531815222001″/]“ARAIGNEE,” directed by Jeremy Jensen

Fun stuff: Did you catch that story about how some Chinese retailers use a Kenny G song to signal that the store is closing? Read about that and other stuff you might have missed this week.

Weather: It felt like summer this week with clear skies and warm days, but we return to Seattle spring this weekend. Showers and highs in the 60s are what’s in store, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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