Experts Warn Cascadia Is Overdue For A 9.0 Earthquake
If you're like most of us - you're not ready.
If that's you, we've got some great tips and valuable resources below to help you be prepared for whenever a disaster strikes.
- TICK. TOCK.
- AS SOON AS YOU FEEL THE SHAKING
- HOW WILL WE GET AROUND?
- WHAT WILL WE DRINK?
- WHERE WILL WE POO?
- WHAT WILL WE EAT?
- MAKE A PLAN
- BUILD A KIT
- MORE RESOURCES
Think of Oregon geology as a clock, measuring time in earthquakes. Tick: a magnitude 8 quake. (Bigger than 1989 Bay Area quake that killed 63 people.) Tock: a magnitude 9 quake. (Same as the 2011 Japan quake that killed almost 16,000 people.) On average, a major quake happens in our area every 243 years, the last one was January 26, 1700 — 316 years ago. Yes. We are overdue.
Hillsides will slide. Buildings will collapse. Roads will buckle. High-rises will sway. Bridges will crack. Some will fall. Pipes will snap. Within 20 minutes, the first of several 40-foot tsunami waves will wash away the Oregon Coast’s low-lying towns.
If our next “subduction zone” quake unleashes its full potential, it will be the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.