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Get Prepared – the Big One is Coming

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Oregon beachLife as we know it in Oregon will end for weeks or even months when the Big One hits the Northwest, earthquake experts say. Long blackouts, food shortages and fuel outages are on the horizon, as well as bridge failures and landslides that could potentially cut off the Oregon coast.

The predictions are based on a study of Japan’s recent magnitude-9 quake, which caused worse damage than was reported despite the country’s high level of preparedness, a team of Oregon experts said. A similar earthquake here would be even more disastrous, given that we’re behind Japan in terms of preparation, they added.