Great Oregon ShakeOut

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The Great Oregon ShakeOut is scheduled for October 16 at 10:16 AM.  On that date millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during this drill.  Already there are 260,000 people from Oregon who have agreed to be involved in this activity.

Over the next few weeks there will be several messages sent to Cape Meares residents regarding emergency preparedness activities that are ongoing in the community and which are headed by Pete Steen.  Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate.
Why is it important that this drill be conducted yearly?  “Oregon lies at a convergent continental boundary where two tectonic plates are colliding. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is actually a 600 mile long earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia. This fault builds up stress for hundreds of years as the Juan de Fuca and North America Plates push against each other. Eventually, the two plates rip apart, creating some of the largest earthquakes and tsunamis on earth. Where the Juan de Fuca oceanic plate and the North American continental plate meet is called a subduction zone, because the denser Juan de Fuca Plate is being pulled under North America. The Juan de Fuca Plate is moving to the northeast at about an inch a year as the North American Plate moves west. The Oregon coastline is actually bulging upward from the two plates pushing against each other.””There are over 1000 earthquakes over magnitude 1.0 in Washington and Oregon every year, with at least two dozen being large enough to be felt. Approximately 17 people have lost their lives due to earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1872, there have been 20 damaging earthquakes in Washington and Oregon. The Pacific coast poses special risk from tsunamis associated with a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. In addition to Subduction zone earthquakes, Oregon is also susceptible to crustal earthquakes. The two largest earthquakes in recent years in Oregon, Scotts Mills, (magnitude 5.6) and the Klamath Falls, main shocks (magnitude 5.9 and magnitude 6.0) of 1993 were crustal earthquakes.”

The capemeares.org website has a section that deals with various forms of disasters that might affect Cape Meares and the surrounding region.  Additional information will be added to this site in an effort to be educate residents regarding all of these threats to our safety.

For additional information regarding The Great Oregon ShakeOut, you are encourage to click on the link found below.

Posted by Charles J. Ansorge.  Portions of the post were taken from The Great Oregon ShakeOut website.