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Popular Earthquake Forum Returns to Southern Oregon

Cascadia: What to Expect When We're Expecting the BIG one

Popular Earthquake Forum Returns to Southern Oregon


Jackson County Emergency Management is hosting an earthquake preparedness forum.  The forum is Thursday, April 17 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Smullin Center in Medford.

 The forum will focus on what to expect in the Rogue Valley in the event of an earthquake.  The Cascadia Subduction Zone, also known as the Cascadia fault, stretches from northern Vancouver Island to northern California.  Earthquakes taking place along this fault line are considered to be “megathrust” earthquakes due to magnitudes of 9.0 or higher.  The last known earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone was January 26, 1700.   Geological data reveals this fault remains active, and when the next big earthquake will hit is unknown.  The next rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone is anticipated to be capable of causing widespread destruction throughout the entire Pacific Northwest.

 Knowing what to expect and what you can do now to prepare and protect yourself will ease many concerns and fears.  Attend the public forum for a lively presentation by Dr. Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and learn about the steps you can take to be prepared.

 The session is free and open to the public.  Preregistration is not required.

 The forum will take place at the Smullin Center located on the Rogue Regional Medical Center Campus: 2825 E. Barnett Road, Medford.