Oregon Practices For 9.0 Earthquake and Tsunami
Statewide earthquake exercise planned over two April weekends
A statewide earthquake exercise is scheduled for April 2, 3 and April 8, 9.
The first two days will focus on response and the last two on recovery.
The earthquake exercise starts at 10 a.m. April 2, when the Pacific Northwest is shaken by a hypothetical 9.0 magnitude earthquake centered off the
coast. The shaking will last 4 minutes.
The earthquake also produces a tsunami, which arrives at the coast in 15-30 minutes.
The earthquake and tsunami will cause many casualties, loss of life, and damage to buildings and lifelines (utilities, roads and bridges). The coast
will be especially hard hit, because it will receive the strongest shaking as well as the tsunami.
There will also be large aftershocks for months after the main earthquake.
Many city, county and federal governments agencies, schools, businesses, utilities, and other organizations plan to participate in the exercise. Each
participating local jurisdiction will establish an emergency operation center.
Oregon Emergency Management will set up an emergency coordination center and coordinate state response and recovery with state and federal agencies,
based on feedback from the local jurisdictions.
If you do not plan to participate in the four-day exercise you could still take part by conducting the earthquake drop, cover and hold drill at 10
a.m. on April 2.