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A major earthquake is coming to the Pacific Northwest.
It is not a matter of if, but when.

A magnitude 8 to 9 earthquake strikes our area every 300-400 years. It has been 315 years since the last one. Research indicates there is a 37% likelihood the next one will hit within 50 years. An earthquake of that size will collapse bridges, crumble buildings and wreak havoc on everyone ... and experts all agree that we are NOT prepared. News Talk 860 KPAM and Sunny 1550 are committed to help our audiences GET READY! for any and all natural disasters in our area.



Preparing homes, apartments for the Big One

You know that cherished framed picture of four gener
ations of family hanging over your bed?
You might want to move it.
Such is the advice of earthquake experts who are hoping to help residents prepare for a magnitude 9.0 or greater Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

1,800 Portland buildings not ready for 'the big one'

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new map released by the city of Portland shows hundreds of buildings officials say wouldn't survive an earthquake if 'the big one' hits. Many of those buildings are in the heart of downtown.
"It's a little scary, not very comforting to hear," Portland resident Megan Corning said.

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

Disasters can strike anywhere at just about any time reminding us of the power of Mother Nature. The question is: are you ready? The good news is that schools, organizations, faith-based organizations and businesses across the country are stepping up their disaster preparedness efforts. However, the majority of Americans still aren’t nearly as prepared as they ought to be.


How to build a preparedness kit; Week No. 2

Who's going to save you in the event of a magnitude 9.0 or greater Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake?
If you believe local law enforcement, fire officials and emergency responders are going to swoop into your neighborhood with food, water, and medical care after what is expected to be the greatest natural disaster in the recorded history of the United States, you might want to consider other options.

A big Northwest quake is coming, but expert says what science doesn't know is 'reassuring'

So, deep breaths everybody. The threat is real, but even the experts just don't know. The big quake might come tomorrow, or it might come decades from now. And Vidale views this uncertainty as a good thing. His attitude: Just prepare as best you can and then get on with life.


How to build a preparedness kit; Week No. 1

Personal preparedness will become critically important in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, which could have a magnitude of 9.0 or greater. The landscape as we know it could change dramatically, and possibly permanently. But officials with the city of Salem, with Marion and Polk counties and Oregon state want residents to be prepared, not scared.

Quakenami! Why the Pacific Northwest Is Doomed

Corcoran is a professional geographer in Astoria, Oregon, a misty fishing port where the Columbia River meets the ­Pacific Ocean. He’s a high-energy guy, 50, with a little ­Billy Bob Thornton to his look. Loves his job and loves his coffee. 


Interactive: Real-time earthquake map

Here is every earthquake recorded over the last 30 days by the U.S. Geological Survey. Click on a marker for more info. This data is updated every 15 minutes.

Few are prepared for a natural disaster

After the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, Olympia residents Robert and Dolores Todd took extra measures to prepare for the next natural disaster.
“We have lots of food stored, and also bottled water, ” Robert Todd said. ...

No, the Big One is not (necessarily) about to rock the Northwest

Despite your Facebook friends' insistence to the contrary, the Northwest is not about to experience a massive earthquake.
A post Monday on the website claimed that a massive carbon monoxide plume ...

Earthquake fears push plans for new Clackamas County courthouse

There's little doubt Clackamas County is in dire need of a new courthouse.
County documents show the current downtown facility, built in 1937 and reconfigured repeatedly to accommodate new judges ...

Kate Brown appoints Oregon's first earthquake-safety officer

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday unveiled her pick for Oregon's first earthquake officer — a post meant to direct safety preparations across the state at a time of renewed focus on the impending likelihood of a catastrophic quake. ...

The Tokyo Disaster Preparedness Guide

This massive, informative guide on survival basics from the Tokyo 
Metropolitan Government will teach you how to turn pants into a backpack, how to make an emergency lantern with a plastic bottle, and much more. ...

The National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt ... 

Winter Weather Safety and Terminology

Exposure to cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia, and become life-threatening. Infants and the elderly are the most susceptible. When a winter storm approaches, stay inside, or seek shelter if caught outdoors.  ...

Watch, Warning, or Advisory? What do they mean?

A goal of the National Weather Service is to provide information on winter storms, with enough advance notice to allow the whole community to take actions needed to prepare for and deal with adverse and sometimes dangerous weather  ...

Quake Could Threaten 90 Percent Of Oregon Fuel Supply

Yumei Wang dug one foot into the sand beneath her, and water crept in around it. Like a sandcastle left to the tide, the ground beneath her turned to silty pudding.
But Wang was not at the beach. ...

Los Angeles will have the nation's toughest earthquake safety rules

In a stark recognition of Los Angeles' vulnerability to a major earthquake, the city on Friday enacted the nation's most sweeping seismic regulations, requiring an estimated 15,000 buildings be retrofitted so they will  ...

Living on Fire

National Geographic has been warning us since at least 1988: Danger lurks in the Cascades, the volcanic range that bristles between northern California and British Columbia. Many peaks are steaming and could erupt like Washington’s Mount St. Helens


The Great Quake and the Great Drowning

In the year 1700, on January 26, at 9:00 at night, in what is now northern California, Earthquake was running up and down the coast. His feet were heavy and when he ran he shook the ground so much it sank down and the ocean poured in.  ...

When it is not flooding: Make a flood plan

With the recent flooding in S.C. it's a good time to prepare. This page explains what actions to take when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a flood.

When Nature Strikes:

When we think about seismic activity in the United States, we often think of California. But one of the strongest earthquakes in U.S. history happened in 1700 in the Pacific Northwest, and it will happen again. John Vidale, a University of Washington ...

Free app aims to help you prepare for a major disaster

During disasters we are often reminded of the things we should do to prepare just in case.
One of the most important things anyone of us can do is to make a list of everything we own and there are many apps out there that make this an easy task. ...

Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.
While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, ...

How did Chile manage to survive its recent earthquake ...

When the Chilean city of Coquimbo was hit by a 4.5-metre tsunami wave on 16 September, the surge of water crushed a neighbourhood of small, independent fishing outfits. Nearly 200 boats were destroyed: ...

Half Of Oregon's Critical Bridges Could Collapse In Quake

How many Oregon bridges will hold up in a major earthquake?
New data compiled by the Oregon Department of Transportation reveals at least part of the answer. The results aren’t pretty for a region facing 1-in-3 odds of a magnitude 8 or larger  ...

Film: Oregon not prepared for big earthquake

After watching the first eight minutes of the new documentary “Unprepared,” I wanted to hide under a table.
By halfway thought the film, I was worried about sending my daughter to school, living in downtown Portland, ...

Ready Or Not? Is your family or business ready for an emergency?

The shaking has stopped. You are alive and in one piece.
You breathe in, but soon realize there’s something you haven’t thought about: What’s next? Where is my family? Are they safe? Can I get to them? ...

Reuniting families if big quake hits during school

Seismologists say it’s only a matter of time before a devastating quake hits the Pacific Northwest.
As families and communities work to devise emergency preparedness ...

Vital seconds: The journey toward earthquake early warning for all

A wailing cellphone alert breaks my serenity: “Earthquake! Drop, cover and hold on! Strong shaking expected!” I grab my phone and run to my daughter’s room. The MyEEW app — an earthquake early warning app released by our research team ...

Chile earthquake: How good is Pacific tsunami warning system?

Tsunami warning systems are usually built in the aftermath of epic waves. After a half century of brutal lessons learned, the Pacific tsunami safety net has grown into a robust network of observatories, buoys, and international collaboration. ...

Would Oregon fare as well as Chile did in an 8.3?

The death toll in Wednesday night’s 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile is remarkably low for the powerful impact the quake had, experts tell KOIN 6.
The death toll as of Thursday morning stood at 10.  ...

Call of the Wildfire

Kitsap Sun journalist Tristan Baurick traveled and worked as a volunteer firefighter with North Mason Regional Fire Authority to research this story. He first underwent physical fitness tests and attended a five-day wildland firefighting ...


Are you prepared, West Linn?

Disaster preparedness has been on the minds of many Oregonians especially since Kathryn Schulz’s infamous New Yorker article “The Really Big One” was published last month. The article forecast that an impending mega-earthquake and tsunami ...

Amid earthquake fears, state updates its disaster guide

Oregon's leaders reaffirmed their commitment to helping residents deal with a "big one" earthquake or other major events.
The Cascadia Playbook aims to, among other functions, help residents get through the first 14 days ...

Do This One Thing to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

No matter how you slice it, we live in a dangerous world. Most Americans live with the ongoing risk of disaster: hurricanes on the coasts, tornadoes in the plains, earthquakes on the West Coast, and wildfires out West, like the ones currently raging ...

UW researchers test earthquake alert system

University of Washington researchers are testing an earthquake alert system as the Pacific Northwest prepares for the day when a 600-mile-long fault line looming off the coast unleashes a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami...

Do you know how to protect your home from a wildfire?

Many of America’s homes are located in the country’s most beautiful areas: near forests, rural areas, or mountains. Unfortunately, with these scenic views and serene perks also comes the risk of wildfires. ...

Cascadia earthquake's impact on the South Coast

They are a common fixture on the southern Oregon coast — the “Tsunami Hazard Zone” signs with warnings to seek higher ground from the impending torrent that's sure to eventually happen.
But generations of ...

The Mothers of
All Disasters

Each of these Maximum of Maximum scenarios represents a disaster larger than any the United States has ever seen. The swath of destruction they would create seems too large to imagine outside of the pleasantly unreal confines ...

Cascadia initiative to monitor Northwest Pacific seismic risks

Early data coming in from a massive, four-year deployment of seismometers onshore and offshore in the Pacific Northwest are giving scientists a clearer picture of the Cascadia subduction zone, a region with a past and potential future ...

Are you ready? September is National Preparedness Month

Unless you are personally faced with a disaster it is hard to consider what you would do in such an event. Across the nation communities are faced with many disasters at a rate which requires some thought, such as those living in ...

Agency spent $243M
last week on wildfires

The U.S. Forest Service spent a record $243 million last week battling forest fires around the country, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday.
The agency has spent all the money Congress provided for fighting wildfires ...

New ways of fighting
wildfires are needed

Smithsonian Magazine published an article in June 2013 titled "Why Fire Makes Us Human." It began, "Wherever humans have gone in the world, they have carried with them two things, language and fire." Twenty-nine days later, ...

The HEART of preparedness

In the event of emergency, after making sure she and her family are safe, Welches resident Bonnie Hayman will be ready to report for duty. Hayman is one of the 45 certified members of the Hoodland Emergency Action Response Team, ...

How small businesses
should prepare for natural disasters

From Katrina to Sandy, America has had plenty of reminders in recent years that the danger of natural disasters is very real, and very big. But that knowledge doesn't make the next storm any easier to predict or control. Still, small business owners ...

The Big One: A Northwest
earthquake survival guide

Think of Oregon geology as a clock, measuring time in earthquakes—40 major coastal quakes over the last 10,000 years. Tick: a magnitude 8 on the Richter scale. (Bigger than the quake that killed 63 people in the Bay Area in 1989.) ...


30 Days 30 Ways

30 Days, 30 Ways is a disaster preparedness game that started in 2010 by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in Vancouver, Washington.Each September, we post one simple readiness task each day.Each day will have a different emergency preparedness theme ...

How to participate in
The Great OregonShake Out

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, scouts, and others to participate in the ShakeOut, to get prepared for earthquakes, and to share what you're doing ...

Sign up for emergency notifications

Sign up and learn more about the community emergency notification systems in the following areas:
Oregon: City of Portland and Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Columbia County, Washington County, ...

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.
When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, ...

How to stay safe when
The Big One comes

Unless you’re in the tsunami-inundation zone, you will almost certainly survive even the worst Cascadia earthquake. But the aftermath may be as devastating as that of the 2011 Tohoku, Japan, quake and tsunami



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