Hundreds of earthquakes occur in Oregon every year. Thankfully, most of them are mild and go unnoticed. September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross Southern Oregon Chapter is teaming up with Oregon Emergency Management to educate and prepare people about what to do in the event of an earthquake. Three events will offer information and perspective about the effect of earthquakes and tsunamis, and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Hear from Althea Rizzo, Oregon Emergency Management earthquake expert, who will discuss current scientific findings that indicate a major 9.0 or higher Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could strike Oregon at any time. She and Red Cross volunteer Annmarie Huber will offer information on disaster preparedness and what steps you can take to keep your family safe.
Geologic records reveal that more than 40 mega-thrust earthquakes have occurred on the Cascadia Subduction Zone over the past 10,000 years. That’s an average of one event every 240 years; the last one occurred in January 1700 – more than 313 years ago. Some would say we are overdue. Get up-to-date information and be prepared for the next earthquake.