A Cascadia Subduction Zone MegaThrust Earthquake Documentary Titled: “Unprepared”


Doc Luke
Published on Sep 25, 2017

OPB’s Oregon Field Guide presents “Unprepared”. This Documentary is part of an integrated radio, TV and online effort that examines our region’s vulnerability to a mega-quake. The Pacific Northwest has seen earthquakes before. But Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes are completely different—and will trigger massive destruction from British Columbia to California and produce tsunamis that can wipe entire towns off the map. The geologic record reveals that they strike every 300 to 500 years. The last one was in 1700. Can we prepare? How? And what lessons can we learn from earthquakes elsewhere? OPB has launched a new initiative to inform people of the dangers of the Cascadia Subduction Zone mega-­‐quakes. Oregon Field Guide sent a team to Japan to look at the effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. We examine the staggering vulnerability of our own aging infrastructure designed before this threat was known. Most importantly, we explore the big and small ways that our region can take steps to be better prepared.

For More Information: www.opb.org/unprepared https://www.opb.org/news/article/port…

Featured in this video: Dr. Chris Goldfinger, OSU
Active Tectonics Lab/ Professor of Marine Geology
Pat Corcoran, Coastal Hazards Specialist, OSU Extension Manchi Lai,
Portland Bureau of Transportation,
Structures/Bridge Inspection Carmen Merlo,
Director, Portland Bureau of Emergency Services
Dr. Rob Whitter, Research Geologist
Dr. Nathan Wood, Research Geographer

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