State geologist urges Oregonians to prepare for earthquakes

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 8.2 earthquake in Chile on Tuesday and others hitting near Los Angeles recently have locals thinking about how prepared they are for a potential quake.

Portland State Geologist Doctor Scott Burns said that Portland is in earthquake country and locals need to prepare for the so-called “big one.”

“We live on a plate boundary. We need to be prepared,” said Burns.

Portland State Geologist Doctor Scott Burns warns that Portland is in earthquake country and locals need to prepare for the so-called “big one,” April 1, 2014. (KOIN)
Portland State Geologist Doctor Scott Burns warns that Portland is in earthquake country and locals need to prepare for the so-called “big one,” April 1, 2014. (KOIN)

Earthquake preparedness includes a home earthquake kit. The American Red Cross recommends having water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, medications, flashlight, portable radio and batteries in the kit.

As a whole Burns said Oregonians have come a long way in being prepared, but he worries about the local infrastructure should the “big one” ever hit.

“The interesting thing for us here in Oregon, we never thought, our buildings before 1990′s have no earthquake codes,” said Burns.

Burns said the Northwest could be in store for a magnitude 9.0 earthquake if and when it happens.

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