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9.0 Magnitude Earthquake at Cascadia Subduction Zone FEMA drill warning

FEMA IS RUNNING A DRILL ABOUT A TSUNAMI AND EARTHQUAKE AT THE CASCADIA SUBDUCTION ZONE AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY RUN DRILLS!

The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of North America spans from northern California to southern British Columbia.
The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of North America spans from northern California to southern British Columbia. This subduction zone can produce earthquakes as large as magnitude 9 and corresponding tsunamis. Scientific evidence indicates that a magnitude 8.0-9.0 earthquake occurs along the 800-mile long fault on average once every 200 to 500 years. The last major earthquake and tsunami along the fault occurred over 300 years ago in 1700.

FEMA reports:

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and the resulting tsunami is the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face. Cascadia Rising is an exercise to address that disaster.
June 7-10, 2016 Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers (EOC/ECCs) at all levels of government and the private sector will activate to conduct a simulated field response operation within their jurisdictions and with neighbouring communities, state EOCs, FEMA, and major military commands.
Conducting successful life-saving and life-sustaining response operations in the aftermath of a Cascadia Subduction Zone disaster will hinge on the effective coordination and integration of governments at all levels – cities, counties, state agencies, federal officials, the military, tribal nations – as well as non-government organisations and the private sector.  One of the primary goals of Cascadia Rising is to train and test this whole community approach to complex disaster operations together as a joint team.
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Recent subduction zone earthquakes around the world underscore the catastrophic impacts we will face when the next CSZ earthquake and tsunami occur in our region:
  • Indonesia (2004): M9.1 --- 228,000 fatalities
  • Chile (2010): M8.8 --- 500 fatalities
  • Japan (2011): M9.0 --- 18,000 fatalities



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