There are so many CSZ resources available. Below are some of my favorites!
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State of Oregon Cascadia Subduction Zone Catastrophic Earthquake and Tsunami Operations Plan
The following assumptions are made: 9.0 magnitude earthquake
*Epicenter 95 miles west of Eugene, OR (45.73 N, 125.12 W)
*Fault ruptures to the north at 2.5 km/second
*Event occurs February 6, 2012, at 0941 am PST
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Geohazards Viewer
Click here to view the Cascadia earthquake expected shaking intensities throughout Oregon. Most of the area between the Coastal Mountain range and the Cascade Mountain range is expected to experience “very strong” shaking, but Eugene is predicted to have “strong” shaking, while areas in Salem—like the office building for the Oregon Department of Emergency Management…—is likely to experience “severe” shaking. The coastal range is expected to experience “severe” and “violent” shaking.
Oregon State University’s O-Help
What’s your location’s risk of severe shaking, landslides, or liquefaction?
OPB Movie to watch: Unprepared: An Oregon Field Guide Special
Watch this movie. Seriously.
Oregon State University: Cascadia Earthquake Preparedness
The OSU Extension Office has a FREE self-guided training program on Preparing for a CSZ event! You can find a link to the program, along with a wealth of other preparedness resources in this link.
Get #2WeeksReady Challenge – City of Salem
Being 2-weeks-ready isn’t for Extreme Preppers. It’s for the rest of us.
Covers the initial response timeframe for the first 14 days of the event. Reflects content from the Oregon Cascadia Subduction Zone Plan, the FEMA Region X Cascadia Execution Checklist, and findings from the 2016 Cascadia Rising exercise
Oregon Resilience Plan
Reducing Risk and Improving Recovery for the Next Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami
Oregon’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP), State Preparedness Plan, Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), and State Recovery Plan
FREE Geology 101 College Term
Class taught by Professor Nick Zentner from UW. No, this free version does not get you actual college credits. However, it is an excellent learning opportunity.
FEMA’s Protective Actions Research
Information on over 380 protective actions you can take to prepare for disasters
Preparing Oregon’s Communities of Color for Disasters
“Every person should have an equal opportunity to survive a disaster. As we prepare Oregon’s communities to respond to increasingly frequent and severe climate disasters, communities of color deserve equitable access to linguistically and culturally relevant, lifesaving disaster preparedness resources. We must understand what we are doing to support these communities, what we are missing, and how to ensure we are all prepared for the next disaster. This report combines ten months of data collection, analysis, and sense-making. We primarily used qualitative research methods and relied on our project values to understand Oregon’s inclusive messaging landscape.”
Improving Our Readiness for the Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami—”When the next Cascadia subduction zone earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest, Oregon will face the greatest challenge of our lifetimes.”
Deepest scientific ocean drilling effort sheds light on Japan’s next ‘big one’
“Scientists who drilled deeper into an undersea earthquake fault than ever before have found that the tectonic stress in Japan’s Nankai subduction zone is less than expected. Contrary to predictions, the horizontal stress expected to have built up since the most recent great earthquake was close to zero, as if the system had already released its pent-up energy.”
Easy-Build Handwashing Station, With Videos
“The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least 1 sanitation station for every 20 people. If you have fewer than that, people start getting sick. So, a stack of 5 Handwashing Stations can help protect 100 people.”
EWEB (Eugene Water & Electric Board)
EWEB raffles off cool and useful emergency preparedness supplies each month!
Facebook group to join: Pacific Northwest Earthquake Discussion Group
Moderated by true experts in the field!
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) Tremor Map
This map is updated by the PNSN around 6:00pm each day
When The Biggest Earthquake Ever Recorded Hit Chile, It Rocked The World
“What became known as the Great Chilean Earthquake revealed something new about the planet — that the world itself can vibrate like a guitar string. The seismic waves went through every part of the globe, even its core. And because they were so strong, scientific instruments from around the world picked up the signal. When it was over, seismologists realized the earthquake had given them a window into Earth’s structure. Nature had given the planet something like an ultrasound scan.”
U.S. Resiliency Council
This page is filled with videos and webinars. Check out the May Episode – The Science and Innovation of Resilience to see information about the State Treasury building in Salem, Oregon. Project details are available on their Oregon Treasury Resiliency Building page. Thank you to Byron Williams for sharing the project information!
FEMA Preparedness Webinars
“Watch previously recorded webinars that focus on topics impacting individual and community preparedness. These sessions are a collaborative effort between FEMA Region 2 and FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division.”
Mass Care and Mass Displacement after a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake
Discusses subduction zone characteristics of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the Nankai Trough, the Middle America trench, the Alaska–Aleutian Subduction Zone, and the Hikurangi Subduction Zone. It’s worth a read!
Central Oregon Geosciences Society
(COGS) 2021 webinar series is full of talks worth watching. For a CSZ-specific video, check out: The Next Great Cascadia Earthquake – How did we get here?
Article: Tectonic wobbles and muddy deposits: The seismic clues leading up to 3/11 (Wobbles = slow-slips. The wobble before the 2011 quake was sizably larger than their norm.)
Earthquake and Tsunami Community Disaster Cache Planning Guide
Released in May of 2021 by DOGAMI & OEM, this guide covers design, implementation, maintenance, and deployment considerations, covering everything from budgets to morgue examples.
Quake Up! Northwest
“Quake Up! is first and foremost preparing the individual, family and neighborhoods of Washington County to better manage in an emergency and/or a disaster situation.”