Nearly 319 years ago, the Cascadia Subduction Zone experienced a 9.0 earthquake that lowered the Oregon coastline by several feet and caused a massive tsunami, and it’s possible that a similar quake will occur during our lifetimes.
Cascadia Earthquake Prepardeness Day
In November 2018, Eugene’s Mayor Vinis proclaimed January 26 – the date of the last recorded Cascadia earthquake in 1700 – to be Cascadia Earthquake Preparedness Day. Mayor Vinis’s proclamation calls upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, and businesses to increase their efforts to help our whole community prepare for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The Cities of Eugene and Springfield are supporting and recommending community members learn more about the State of Oregon’s 2 Weeks Ready campaign.
To mark the 319th anniversary, the Emergency Management Programs for the Cities of Eugene and Springfield will host a presentation to discuss the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and how community members can prepare.
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 26
- Time: 10 a.m. to noon
- Location: Eugene's Emergency Service Training Building, 1705 West 2nd Avenue
“In an ideal situation, everyone in our community would be able to sustain themselves and their families for two weeks,” says Patence Winningham, Emergency Management Sr. Program Coordinator. “In the event of a Cascadia earthquake, we can expect that the majority of services will not be functioning, from electricity to phone service or running water, and it will take several days for responders from around the country to start making their way in to help with rescues and evacuation.”