A professor emeritus of geology at Oregon State University is sounding the alarm. According to Yeats the Pacific Northwest is in danger of an Earthquake the size of Japans. He also says they were better prepared for it then the United States is.
Calling it our Wake Up Call he says if people didn't get the message when the Earthquakes hit Chile and Sumatra they sure should now from the Japan devastation.
“This is an earthquake of the same type, with about the same magnitude and proximity that we face here in the Pacific Northwest from the Cascadia Subduction,” Yeats said. "
As for being prepared he said..
"Despite the tragic loss of life and billions of dollars in damage that will result from the Japanese earthquake, Yeats said, they are as or better prepared for a disaster such as this as anyone in the world. Their technology, building codes, public education and other programs for earthquake preparation are exemplary, with scientific initiatives that date back to the 1890s."
Another report that is focusing on Oregon warns of not being so lucky next time in the event of a tsunami.
The warning says the Oregon Coast escaped without loss of life in the last tsunami but warns next time it may be different.
"Seaside and Cannon Beach are two of the most vulnerable places.
The shifting of the earth's crust in a 9.0 or stronger earthquake -- like the one in Japan and the Good Friday quake in Alaska in 1964 -- propels waves across the ocean, driving currents into rivers and harbors and packing a punch.
"They don't need to be 10 or 20 foot waves to cause damage," said Vicki McConnell," Oregon's state geologist. "Four to 6 feet in the right land formation situation can wreak a lot of havoc."
When a powerful earthquake hits off the coastline along the Cascadia fault, people will have 20 minutes to flee.
If you are knocked to the ground and it lasts two to three minutes, don't wait for somebody to tell you it's the big one, McCraw said. "You need to get to 50 feet elevation." Warnings from another report Ill-prepared Oregon overdue for a mega-quake ...
"But geologists warn that 60 miles (100 kilometers) into the grayish water lies the Cascadia fault, which generates earthquakes as powerful as Japan's 9.0 tremor around every 240 years. And the last one was 311 years ago.
Many policymakers agree the US Pacific Northwest is nowhere near prepared for a major earthquake and a resulting tsunami. But in a country with a deep aversion to taxes, there is a lively debate on how much money is worth paying.
A decade ago, the superintendent of the Seaside school district commissioned a geologist who delivered dire news -- tsunamis of 80-100 feet (25-30 meters) could strike the town, twice what was previously thought."