PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -A state earthquake commission has released its findings on how Oregon would be affected by a massive earthquake.The report details what would happen if a 9.0 magnitude quake struck along the Cascadia subduction zone – a fault line on the ocean floor that stretches from northern California to Canada. As you might expect, the most devastation would happen along the coast, but all areas west of the Cascades would see significant impacts, the report states.”The last time there was a 9.0 earthquake was actually in January of 1700,” said Sue Wu, lead earth science educator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. “So the worry is that energy is going to be released in a large earthquake.”
After the devastating earthquake that hit Japan in 2011, the Oregon state legislature ordered a comprehensive study from the Oregon earthquake safety commission.
“This study is very different from other studies we have done in the past,” said chairman Kent Yu, who led a group of about 150 people from various agencies. He said the commission spent 14 months examining how Oregon’s infrastructure would handle a massive quake, and the results are troubling.
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