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The scenario: Oregon's long-awaited magnitude 9 earthquake has finally struck, unleashing a sustained shaking from British Columbia to the tip of California. Oregon was unprepared – and your community feels the strain as thousands of Oregonians look east of the Cascades for help.
The shaking here is moderate. You feel it. It wakes up anyone who's sleeping. Books and knick-knacks are falling off shelves. Windows and dishes are breaking.
YOUR COMMUNITY’S RECOVERY
Experts project it could take several weeks to restore your community to its normal function based on damage to pipes, infrastructure, and the transportation corridors needed for recovery efforts.
The shaking here is very strong. Are you in a new, seismically designed building? If so, damage is negligible. Old brick buildings that haven't been reinforced are failing. Most buildings constructed before the '90s are damaged but usable. Buildings constructed before the '70s are likely more damaged. Many bridges are damaged and impassable.
Experts project it could take several months to restore your community to its normal function based on damage to pipes, infrastructure, and the transportation corridors needed for recovery efforts.