Earthquake

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The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal continues to climb by the hour. 

And the search for dead and survivors is accompanied by growing efforts to assist the living, many of them displaced by the destruction of their homes. 

American Red Cross and other aid organizations mobilize for such disasters. 

Assessing Tsunami Readiness--And Finding Issues

Apr 20, 2015
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When--not if--the Cascadia subduction zone in our region produces an earthquake, it will likely also produce a tsunami. 

And a recent report indicates varying degrees of evacuation readiness in coastal communities. 

Dr. Nathan Wood at the U.S. Geological Survey is the lead author of the report. 

Cascadia Quakes Past And Future

Feb 2, 2015
Mark Lincoln

It's not an anniversary anybody celebrated, and it certainly is not one anyone wants to re-enact. 

But January 26th marked 315 years to the day since the last big earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

Scientists tell us that time gap means Cascadia is due, if not overdue, for another major shaking. 

Oregon Emergency Management continues to warn of the likely destruction by such a quake. 

Remembering The Ongoing Needs Of Haiti

Oct 13, 2014
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The world learns about major tragedies like the Haiti earthquake of 2010… then the news media move on. 

Attention focuses on the latest disaster. 

Former Medford resident Kurt Hildebrand could not move on. 

His wife, Wilda Mondestin, is from Haiti, and they worked together on a large earthquake response through the Mennonite Central Committee

The Cascadia Quake In A Comic Book

Sep 4, 2014
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It is simply hard to imagine our homes and neighborhoods bent and broken by an earthquake. 

But a large quake is a distinct possibility in our region, sitting as it does atop the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

Emergency managers in both states work to raise awareness of the risks. 

Oregon's Emergency Management department just teamed up with Portland's Dark Horse Comics to produce a comic book about the aftermath of a big earthquake. 

Mapping Earthquake Zones Anew On Oregon's Coast

Jun 17, 2014
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The Southern Oregon Coast is prone to earthquakes. 

Geologists are absolutely clear on that, with a lot of evidence to support them. 

But some of the evidence is now being updated, using high-tech methods not previously available. 

Protecting Older Buildings From Earthquakes

Mar 25, 2014
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The old buildings that give downtown areas character in places like Ashland are often made of brick.  

And there's a potential problem: older buildings made of unreinforced masonry are prone to heavy damage in earthquakes. 

When The Earth Moves

Mar 20, 2014
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Los Angeles got a little shaking recently. 

And that was a couple of weeks after an earthquake rattled a few people and shelves in Humboldt County.  No surprise to Professor Lori Dengler at Humboldt State University. 

Who And How: Emergency Preparedness Summit

Jan 27, 2014
Mark Lincoln

There's a fine line between encouraging preparedness and creating panic. 

Our region sits atop a major earthquake fault, the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

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Very few earthquake faults in California have been mapped over the past two decades despite an ambitious campaign launched in the early 1970's to help scientists learn more about the state's seismic activity.

The Los Angeles Times reports only 23 maps have been drawn since 1991 and there haven't been any between 2004 and 2011 because of budget cuts.

Oregon Emergency Managers Take Earthquake Trip

Sep 16, 2013
Mark Lincoln

What's in your earthquake kit?

The answer to that question is often "uh, I don't have one yet."  Which is why Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Quake Prep Talk Road Show, visiting counties in the southern and southwestern portions of the state--the places most likely to feel the impacts of a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.