According to a recent article published in The Stranger recently, the Seattle area is grossly under prepared for a Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ) earthquake. We would encourage you to click on the link above and learn about these new findings.
Secondly, we would also like to share some information on the development and implementation of the Early Earthquake Warning (EEW) System. EEWs are operational in many countries around the world, including Mexico, Japan, Turkey, Romania, China, Italy and Taiwan. These systems rapidly detect earthquakes and provide warning of pending ground shaking. The seconds to minutes of advance warning can allow people and systems to take proactive action to mitigate the impact of the event.
All along the West Coast of the United States one such system, known as the ShakeAlert system, is being installed and tested by the USGS in partnership with a coalition of States and Universities. Currently, the system is not available to the public, however they are looking for partners to host a ShakeAlert Sensor. If you think your institution or know of an institution that would be interested, please go here to submit potential host information.
Lastly, we need your help to make this widely available to the public. Please reach out to your legislators to let them know that you value this program and you would like them to find a means to secure long term funding for this essential EEW system.
As always we are here to support you in your preparedness efforts. Please contact us if you have any comments or questions. We would be happy to share more about our preparedness measures and/or schedule a presentation, safety walk, tabletop exercise, home consultation or general consultation with HT2, please Click Here!