Cascadia: What to expect when we’re expecting the Big One

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Presented by Dr. Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards

Program Coordinator for Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Jackson County is hosting a forum focusing on issues surrounding the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and what to expect in the event of an earthquake. The Cascade Subduction Zone, also known as the Cascadia fault, stretches from northern Vancouver Island to northern California. The last known earthquake in CSZ was January 26, 1700. Geological data tells us this fault remains active. Earthquakes have happened repeatedly in the past, and will happen again. We just don’t know when.

The next big quake is anticipated to cause widespread damage throughout the entire Pacific Northwest. Knowing what to expect and steps you can take now to prepare yourself will ease many concerns. We all have a role in earthquake preparedness and response. The County feels that the better prepared individuals are, the more likely they will be able to respond to the community needs after a disaster hits. Attend the seminar listed at the time and date below to learn more. This seminar is free and open to the public.