Tsunami Awareness & Preparedness in Cascadia Region

CREW is committed to raising awareness of the tsunami risk in the Cascadia region while promoting mitigation and preparedness. Many lessons have been learned from the March 11, 2011 Great East Japanese (Tohoku) earthquake and tsunami – these also apply to the seismically-similar Cascadia Subduction Zone.

The following links provide additional information on ongoing awareness and preparedness activities in the Cascadia region:

Washington State

  • In a Seattle Times, CREW Vice-President John Schelling and CREW Treasurer Tim Walsh express the importance of ongoing awareness activities along with the scientific information needed to better quantify Cascadia’s risk.
  • Washington Emergency Management Division has more information on how to prepare to hazards in Washington state.
  • Project Safe Haven, completed in 2011, developed vertical evacuation options for the counties of Pacific and Grays Harbor.

Oregon

British Columbia

For more information on earthquakes, tsunamis, and how to prepare, please visit our pages on Earthquake Information, Risk Reduction, and read more in our Products and Programs.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

Oregon Public Broadcasting wins Innovation award from WSSPC

The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) in partnerships with the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), and the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 National Awards in Excellence.

Oregon UnPrepared OPB Photo

The Oregon Public Broadcasting is presented with the award for Innovations for their “Unprepared” year-long radio, television and online campaign.  The series examined the state of Oregon’s preparedness for a Cascadia Earthquake. Congratulations OPB!

WSSPC Awards 2016 Press Release

CREW President to Promote Cascadia Earthquake Safety at the White House

CREW President to Promote Cascadia Earthquake Safety at the White House

EARTHQUAKE WH Summit

CREW Board President Ines Pearce will be participating in the White House Earthquake Resilience Summit on Tuesday February 2nd, 1016 in Washington D.C. Please read the CREW press release related to the event and the ongoing work of CREW to build resilience for a Cascadia Subuduction Zone Event.

Please read the Press Release from CREW on this exciting event.

New publication on vertical-evacuation siting for Cascadia tsunami hazards

Researchers at the USGS, Sacramento State University and the Washington State Military Department recently published an article on how to compare sites for vertical-evacuation refuges to minimize loss of life from tsunamis associated with Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes. The case study of Ocean Shores, Washington, integrates refuge options derived at Project Safe Haven workshops, geospatial pedestrian evacuation modeling, and statistical methods to compare benefits and tradeoffs. The article is available online from the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420914000387. For more information, contact Nathan Wood, Portland, OR, 503-251-3291, nwood@usgs.gov.

2014 Oregon American Planning Association Conference

See CREW Board Directors present the Cascadia Subduction Zone Scenario Update at the 2014 Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association Conference. The conference theme is “The Next 40 Years: Adaptability, Diversity, Resiliency”.  CREW will be presenting on May 29rd from 2 to 3:30 PM.  Please find our scenario here:  CSZ Update.
Event Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – 08:00 to Friday, May 30, 2014 – 16:00