The Cascadia Subduction Zone runs 700 miles along the Pacific Northwest coast – from northern California up to Vancouver Island. The Juan de Fuca plate is shoved up against the North American tectonic plate – eventually, the plates will give way, and North America will spring back with an earthquake anywhere from an 8.0 on the richter scale to higher than a 9… it’s known as a megathrust earthquake.
When – not if – the Pacific Northwest is hit with a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, we want to be as ready as possible. That’s why the Oregon Department of Energy is working with fellow state agencies, utilities, and communities to boost the state’s resiliency – a term used to measure how quickly services can withstand and bounce back after an emergency.
In our latest episode of Grounded, Oregon Department of Energy Emergency Preparedness Manager Deanna Henry talks to us about Oregon’s Fuel Action Plan – and the steps we have in place to get much-needed fuel into the state for emergency responders and other essential services in a post-Cascadia Subduction Zone world.
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