Cascadia Subduction Zone

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Last week’s earthquake in Mexico provided another reminder about the risks of poorly reinforced buildings.

Karen Richards

An Earth Sciences research group at the University of Oregon has landed an article in “Science” magazine. It suggests a new way of judging whether faults like the Cascadia Subduction Zone are able to produce massive earthquakes.

The Great Oregon ShakeOut

On October 15th Oregonians will join the world’s largest earthquake drill. Over 40 million people worldwide are expected to participate in the Great Shake Out at 10:15 in the morning. Part of the Cascadia Subduction Zone is located in Oregon; experts say it is due for an earthquake and tsunami similar to the 2011 one in Japan. Visit the Great ShakeOut website  for more information and to register.

www.corvallisoregon.gov

September’s National Preparedness Month has sparked renewed interest in earthquakes and other natural disasters in Oregon. Corvallis will host a readiness forum tonight (Thursday).

oregonstate.edu

September is National Preparedness Month and a series of emergency response events has been taking place across the state. Tomorrow (Tuesday) congressman Peter DeFazio will host an earthquake early warning roundtable at the U of O.

As the ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Congressman DeFazio introduced a federal bill to fund an earthquake early warning system for the west coast. The roundtable is an official committee hearing. Scott Ashford, Dean of Engineering at OSU, studies the effects to utilities and services in an emergency:

Karen Richards

A recent article in the New Yorker and the July Fourth earthquake near Springfield have generated concern for the potential of a massive Cascadia event in the Northwest. Scientists at the U of O have been working to strengthen Oregon’s early warning systems.

OPB

Oregon's Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio Tuesday introduced a bill to fund an earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Northwest.

The system would trigger automatic shutdowns of trains, manufacturing lines, close bridges and evacuate students from unsafe schools.

DeFazio says the system could save thousands of lives in the case of a major earthquake and tsunami.

New Maritime Guide Helps Boaters Prepare For Tsunami

Jun 4, 2015
www.oregongeology.org

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries published a tsunami guide for fisherman, mariners and boaters on Tuesday. The recent earthquakes off the coast of Oregon did not produce any tsunamis, but the guide lets boaters know how they should be prepared.

The guide is brand new says Ali Ryan with the department of Geology. She says depending on where boaters are in the event of a local or distant tsunami determines whether they should evacuate or go out to sea.

thenewsguard.com

Some scientists say the Pacific Northwest is overdue for a massive earthquake. In the past couple weeks, Business Oregon awarded grants to schools and emergency services for seismic upgrades. But, the Governor and others want to substantially increase that investment.

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