A major subduction zone earthquake is due to hit the Pacific Northwest virtually any time in the next hundred or so years, carrying with it the potential for significant loss of life, damage to infrastructure, and economic hardship. Oregon, Washington, northern California, and British Columbia could all be affected. Scientists are now trying to bring awareness to the threat in hopes of spurring more research opportunities and preparation initiatives on an individual and state level.

Oregon State University Professor geologist and earthquake expert Chris Goldfinger explains how subduction zone earthquakes like the one expected to strike Oregon form and their effects on the surrounding land and ocean.

Produced by: Gus McTigue, Taylor Wood, Key Higdon, Lauren Garetto, and Caitlyn May.
Music: “Cylinder 9” by Chris Zabriskie

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Ever since The New Yorker dropped its blockbuster story about the frightening implications of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Oregonians have been asking questions about how to prepare for “the very big one.” On Tuesday, November 17, in front of…


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Ever since The New Yorker dropped its blockbuster story about the frightening implications of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Oregonians have been asking questions about how to prepare for “the very big one.” On Tuesday, November 17, in front of a full house at the White Stag Block, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) helped provide some answers.

The SOJC’s “Don’t Wait for the Quake” event, hosted in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and streamed live online and over the radio, convened a timely conversation about earthquake preparedness in Oregon. Just four months ago, Kathryn Schulz’s feature for The New Yorker helped raise public awareness about the likelihood that a catastrophic earthquake will soon rattle the Pacific Northwest. Despite that sobering news, many Oregonians remain woefully underprepared.

As a catalyst for conversation, the forum featured four videos produced by SOJC undergraduate students, each with its own angle on earthquake preparedness and recovery. During each screening, audience members used the engagement platform Harvis to share their emotional responses in real time and to answer questions posed by the moderators.

The live-stream of the event can be watched here: opb.org/news/article/dont-wait-for-the-megaquake/

Original story by Ben DeJarnette: journalism.uoregon.edu/news/sojc-hosts-dont-wait-for-the-quake-forum-in-pdx/

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