The City of Tangent is participating in the 2021 Great Oregon ShakeOut! This is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.
Oregon lies at a convergent continental boundary where two tectonic plates are colliding. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a 600-mile long earthquake fault stretching from northern California to southern British Columbia. There are over 1000 earthquakes over magnitude 1.0 in Washington and Oregon every year, with at least two dozen large enough to be felt.
Before I moved to Oregon, my family and I survived a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The epicenter was only eight miles away, so the damage caused was massive. We had no power for days, no running water for most of the day, and no school or businesses opened for over a week. We had an earthquake plan that kept us informed, prepared, and safe during a traumatic time. I personally encourage everyone to visit the “Great OregonShakeOut!” website and make a plan to keep you and your family safe and prepared.