Get Ready To Shake Out Thursday, October 17
Most of the Northwest is prone to earthquakes. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?
You’ll hear a drill message on NWPB radio during the Great ShakeOut on October 17 at 10:17 AM. It’s a region-wide practice session on being safer during big earthquakes called Drop, Cover and Hold On.
The ShakeOut encourages everyone to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries. The more prepared you are now, the better off you’ll be during and after after the next big earthquake.
Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important to move as little as possible during the shaking. Be sure to identify a few safe spots in your home, office or school that are easily accessible.
Smartphone users who opted in to a test of the West Coast earthquake early warning system got an early taste on Thursday of what is to come. Mobile phones from Seattle to Olympia blared with an alarm for imaginary incoming shaking. The earthquake warning system — already operational in California — will launch for the general public in Oregon on March 11 and statewide in Washington in May. Continue Reading When ‘The Big One’ Hits The Northwest, What Could You Do With A Few Seconds Warning?
Unlike the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the faults in eastern Washington are in the upper crust, (the outermost layer of the earth). That means they’re closer to the surface and to communities. They may not produce as large of an earthquake as the subduction zone off the coast, but the earthquakes these inland faults can produce could significantly damage infrastructure in nearby communities. Continue Reading In Southeastern Washington, Geologists Dig Into The Past To Find Fault Signs Of Future Shaking
Scientists found nine to eleven instances over roughly the last 3,000 years where a Cascadia earthquake seems to have triggered a San Andreas quake. The vast majority of great Cascadia quakes during that period have a correlation on the San Andreas Fault. Continue Reading The Big One — And Another One. Research Shows Cascadia Quakes Sometimes Trigger San Andreas