A research grant announced Tuesday will allow seismologists to take the first steps toward an early warning system for earthquakes in the Northwest. An operational system is still a long way off, but it could eventually resemble the computerized warnings pioneered in Japan. The $2 million grant from the Moore Foundation to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is part of a $6 million grant shared by the University of California Berkeley, Caltech, and the USGS. Prototype systems should be completed within the 3-year grant period.
On Oct 20th, 2011 at 10:20 am British Columbians and Oregonians participated in the Great ShakeOut Drill. These drills were aligned with those of California, Idaho, Nevada and Guam, in order to leverage the momentum of partners throughout the Pacific. This initiative will continue to spread earthquake awareness and preparedness information giving us a greater resiliency for when an earthquake hits our region.
With support of CREW members, Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) has just completed and released a report in support of the accomplishments of the state tsunami programs and the important role they play in educating the public, especially for preparedness for a locally generated tsunami.
The report and press release can be found at: www.wsspc.org.
On September 22, 2011, FEMA FEMA released the final National Recovery Framework. The Framework and other documents relating to the framework are available at recovery framework.
KQED and KTCS produced a new program about megathrust earthquakes and the threat to the Cascadia Region. The program first airs in the Bay Area on Wed Sep 21 at 7:30pm, on KQED 9. The program is also available on line at: megathrust earthquakes.