State prepares for possible earthquake disaster
OLYMPIA, Wash. - State Geologist Dave Norman with the Department of Natural Resources came into work on a Sunday to explain a key tool that could help everyone prepared for the Cascadia subduction earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
"It gives you that first glimpse as to what may be the area that is the hardest hit and what kind of things you need to deploy to help."
Norman along with the State Department of Natural Resources and other agencies helped to create these interactive maps.
"It will show damage to hospitals schools fire stations oil facilities railways"
This week, state and national emergency responders will execute the first run through of what it will be like to respond to this disaster. The response training is called Cascadia Rising.
"This is the largest exercise for this purpose that the state has ever done."
But people at home also have access to these maps.
"The purpose of these tools is for anyone whether its agencies or individuals to look at areas to help them plan for their lives and purposes."
It will show liquification zones--where damage could be much more severe for homes and buildings and which bridges could be wiped out.
"The Puyallup river area the Nisqually river those sorts of crossing are more susceptible to damage."
But Norman reminds us that these maps are drawn in stone and will be updated once new information is received.
"The more work that is done the picture changes probably dramatically as you investigate site specifically."
READ: Interactive Map: Washington State Seismic Hazards Catalog