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.

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Washington tsunami refuges in National Geographic magazine

The February 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine includes a story about plans to build a tsunami refuge at Ocosta Elementary School in Westport, Washington. The story includes quotes from CREW member John Schelling (State of Washington) and mapped evacuation-modeling results from CREW member Nathan Wood (USGS).

New Washington EERI Chapter

On April 1, 2013 a group of scientists and engineers met in Seattle to establish a new Washington chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. The group elected David Gonzalez of Degenkolb Engineers as president and Pooja Jain of Moffatt and Nichols as Secretary-Treasurer. The first meeting with a program will be likely be held in June, 2013.

For more information, contact David Gonzalez at dgonzalez@degenkolb.com or Pooja Jain at pjain@moffattnichol.com.

Shakeout – Drop, Cover and Hold On – October 18 @ 10:18 AM

CREW Board members John Schelling and Bill Steele promote ShakeOut in this Seattle Times article and encourage everyone to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18am on October 18th.

Seattle Times article link: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019441733_shakeout16m.html

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.