“While COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainties and challenges, one thing is for sure, ShakeOut is still happening,” an announcement said.
The exercise is a recall in Oregon of a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake on a 680-mile fault in the Pacific Ocean from British Columbia to northern California.
The 9.0 earthquake would kill up to 10,000 people in Oregon – half of the victims dying in tsunamis that flooded the coast, state studies show.
Up to 25,000 people could die from Vancouver, Canada, to Fort Bragg, Calif., According to the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup, a nonprofit that includes governments, businesses, communities and other working groups. on a regional disaster recovery study.
In Oregon, more than 85,000 buildings could be destroyed, estimates the state. West of the Cascades, much of the infrastructure of the modern world would collapse: communication, water, sewer and electricity systems would fail. Hospitals would be destroyed. The roads and airports west of the Cascades would likely be unusable.
Even traveling by boat with rescue supplies for the coast would be in danger of debris and post-tsunami.
The Cascade Mountains would act as a natural “firewall” against the earthquake, with damage east of the peaks light to moderate at worst.