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Our Worst Day – Preparing for a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami

Bernard Hermant

Oregon On The Record heard from leading experts in our community about what would happen to our region when the inevitable earthquake and tsunami from the Cascadia Subduction Zone strikes.

We talked with Valerie Sahakian, a University of Oregon seismologist and Dan Cox a professor of engineering to learn more about how earthquakes and tsunamis behave and how they unleash their destructive force.

We spoke with Brian Overstake of MAE Engineering to better understand how structures are impacted by earthquakes, and we heard from Althea Rizzo and Patence Winningham-Melcher of the State of Oregon and Lane County emergency management agencies on how everyone can both prepare for the event, as well as the aftermath.

For more information about the Cascadia Subduction Zone and how you can prepare, please visit the following links:

Oregon Department of Emergency Management

Lane County Emergency Management

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Michael Dunne is the host of KLCC's Oregon Rainmakers podcast. Do you have a suggestion for an Oregon Rainmaker's guest or topic? Email Michael at mdunne@klcc.org.