Cascadia earthquake

Sara Thompson / Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

A new, tribally-run fire department is becoming a reality for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the development will improve response time to emergencies.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

An Oregon House panel advanced a measure Thursday that would establish building standards for critical infrastructure in tsunami zones.

U.S. Coast Guard /

The Cascadia Playbook is a state government blueprint for responding to a major earthquake that could kill up to 25,000 people in the Pacific Northwest. 

Karen Richards


When it comes to near-shore earthquakes and tsunamis, Oregon’s coastal communities have moved beyond awareness and are taking action. As part of our series on Oregon's Natural Resources and Resilence and funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, we find there are some controversies and complications.