Great Oregon ShakeOut

NEWPORT, Ore. — People all over the country dropped, covered, and held on Thursday morning during the Great American ShakeOut. Kids at Newport Intermediate School participated in the earthquake drill along with other students across the country. The drill started at 10:16 a.m. on 10-16-14. Jenny Demaris, the Lincoln County Emergency Manager says everyone needs … Continue reading »

Expanding Earthquake Warning System

EUGENE, Ore.– An experimental warning system in a UC Berkeley lab beat the Napa Earthquake by 10 seconds Sunday. It sounded an alarm and counted down to the impending magnitude 6 temblor. It’s the biggest test yet for a promising alert system that is already providing precious seconds of notice before quakes hit in Mexico and … Continue reading »

Earthquake Building Standards

EUGENE, Ore. — Bridges aren’t the only structures around town that could run into problems, local buildings might not be able to withstand a strong seismic event. City of Eugene officials say there have been building codes in place for years to make sure buildings don’t collapse, if there is a quake; but, there could … Continue reading »

Seismic Bridge Safety

EUGENE, Ore. — Officials in Oregon say an earthquake of the magnitude like the one in Northern California could cause catastrophic damage. The Oregon Department of Transportation says bridges built nowadays have seismic standards they must adhere to; but some of the state’s oldest bridges, could cause the transportation system to shut down if a … Continue reading »

Medford Father Feels Napa Earthquake

CORDELIA, Calif. — A local father and his son felt the earthquake while they were spending the weekend in Northern California. Medford resident Shane Schmidt and his son are staying in a hotel in Cordelia, California before a trip abroad. Shane says he and his son woke up around 3-15 in the morning to the … Continue reading »

Earthquake Hits Northern California

(CNN) — Authorities are assessing the damage after a strong earthquake shook Northern California on Sunday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 6.0 magnitude struck six miles southwest of Napa. It damaged several buildings, sparked fires and cut off power to thousands of people. A Napa hospital reports treating nearly 90 patients for injuries. … Continue reading »

Tsunami Warning Issued For Alaska Coast

Little Sitkin Island, Alaska — A tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas of Alaska following a magnitude 7.9 earthquake Monday afternoon. According to the US Geological Survey website, the quake hit around 12:53 p.m. about 15 miles off the coast of Little Sitkin Island, which is part of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The … Continue reading »

Testing the Waters

FLORENCE, Ore. — It’s been more than three years since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. After all that time, there are still concerns leaked radiation is washing up on Oregon’s beaches. In March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit a hundred miles off the coast of Japan. It was Japan’s largest quake … Continue reading »

Eugene Man Remembers Alaska Quake

EUGENE, Ore. — Fifty years ago Thursday, the largest earthquake in U.S. history shook Alaska. The 9.2 earthquake and tsunami claimed 131 lives, some here in Oregon. A Eugene resident who survived the quake shared his story of that scary day. ‘It was almost a demonic roar was the sound that was coming up out … Continue reading »

Good Friday Earthquake 50th Anniversary

(CNN) — Today marks 50 years since one of the most-powerful earthquakes ever recorded. On March 27th, 1964, a magnitude 9.2 quake hit Prince William Sound, Alaska. The explosive tremor shook much of the West Coast of North America for several minutes. One hundred and thirty people from Alaska to California died in the damage … Continue reading »

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