Oregon Earthquake Energy Assurance Project Report

Oregon state agencies, Department of Energy, Public Utility Commission, and Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) completed the Oregon Energy Assurance Project, including the DOGAMI earthquake risk study in Oregon’s Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub. This study focused on the risk to Oregon’s energy sector, raised awareness of the risk and encouraged mitigation.  Please find DOGAMI’s report  at co-author Scott Miles’ link at: http://www.wwu.edu/huxley/resilience/Publications/DOGAMI_CEI_Hub_report.pdf.

CREW Business Round table – Vancouver BC

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.




Italians Learn that even a Moderate Earthquake can Disrupt Businesses

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.

New Japan Tsunami Evacuation Report

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.

Event | Advances in Pacific Northwest Earthquake Hazard Understanding and Potentials for Early Warning

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.