Ricardo, our structural engineer, recently learned of a web tool created by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. This tool allows you to enter an address and see which geohazards may affect that location, including a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami, volcanoes and landslides. Oregon HazVu also shows those areas with active faults, earthquake soft soil hazards and expected shaking. You can check out this online tool by going to www.OregonGeology.org/sub/hazvu.
The launching of this viewer was timed to coincide with The Great Oregon Shakeout, a statewide “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill designed to encourage people to protect themselves during an earthquake at work, school and home. Further details are available at www.Shakeout.org/Oregon.