CREW held a Business Roundtable in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 10, 2012. This is the third in CREW’s series of roundtables throughout the Cascadia region. The intent was to determine where information or tools are lacking in business earthquake mitigation and resilience. These roundtables will help CREW develop a resource to fill this need. Please see powerpoint presentations from this important roundtable:
A white paper will be published in September 2012 to discuss the findings of each business roundtable.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck northern Italy on the morning of Sunday, May 20, 2012. Many masonry buildings were damaged, including some historic churches and castles. This region is also home to Italy’s Parmesan cheese industry and the earthquake toppled aging racks; 300,000 wheels of cheese are feared lost (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/22/italy-earthquake-hits-parmesan-cheese-production). Moderate earthquakes can have significant business impacts. CREW has publications relevant for business preparedness; for mitigation information check out the QuakeSmart Toolkit.
Following the tragic 3.11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, New Zealand’s GNS Science in collaboration with Washington State Emergency Management and other stakeholders set out to further analyze the successes of the evacuation and messaging approaches used in this event. A key element of this research was to investigate both traditional tsunami evacuation strategies used in communities, schools, etc. as well as non-traditional approaches, such as vertical evacuation techniques and draw parallels with the concepts being applied in New Zealand, Washington, and elsewhere in the United States. The report can be found here.
Please join the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup, along with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, for a public forum on April 25, 2012 at Johnson Hall, Room 102 at the University of Washington from 4:00 to 6:30 PM on Advances in Pacific Northwest Earthquake Hazard Understanding and Potentials for Early Warning. See details here.
Oregon State University Professor Chris Goldfinger and colleagues published a paper with new scientific findings on the Cascadia subduction zone’s pre-historic earthquake history, and probabilities for future earthquakes. Download USGS Professional Paper 1661-F.