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.
National Tsunami Preparedness Week began March 25, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Washington Emergency Management Division (WA-EMD) urge all citizens who live along coastlines to take the threat of tsunamis seriously.
In some communities, traditional evacuations are not always an option. FEMA led the development of a new approach to dealing with this challenge called Tsunami Vertical Evacuation. Watch the video on how to use this new approach. This video was developed by FEMA RiskMap, FEMA Region X, WA-EMD, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP). Click here for Press Release.
Speakers address Cascadia issues in light of what we have learned from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.