The odds of a major earthquake striking Oregon in the next fifty years are roughly one in three . Are you prepared?
An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the ground caused by the movement of the earth’s crust or volcanic action. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, 50 miles from our coast line, puts Oregon at risk of experiencing a magnitude 9.0 earthquake . Prepare yourself and your loved ones by completing the following steps*:
1. Build a basic emergency supply kit for your home following FEMA’s recommendations of what to pack.
2. Practice what to do in the event of an earthquake with the members of your household. This includes understanding the following:
3. Read and understand your community's emergency plans. Benton County’s emergency plan can be found here.
4. Make an emergency plan for your own household. The best way to do this is to attend a community seminar (stay tuned for OSU EERI hosted workshops!), become a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, or contact your local Emergency Service Planner officers from Benton County or the City of Corvallis.
5. Prepare your home for an earthquake by following these guides:
* More of a visual person? FEMA has you covered. See their flyer on how to prepare for an earthquake here.
 Goldfinger, C., et al. (2012). Turbidite Event History—Methods and Implications for Holocene Paleoseismicity of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
 Schelling, J., et al. (2013). Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes: A Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake Scenario, Cascadia Region Earthquake Working Group.