SHAKE ALERT: Are you ready for the next big earthquake?

A KING 5 panel discusses what a major earthquake could mean to the Puget Sound region

In 2001, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Western Washington. Watch the video above to see widespread damage from the Nisqually quake. More than 16 years later, a vast number of newcomers to the area may not be familiar with the extent of the earthquake damage. 

The epicenter of the quake was northeast of Olympia, 35 miles underground. The depth kept damage from being any worse.  It was named for the Nisqually delta area between Tacoma and Olympia.

No one was killed as a direct result of the shaking. Although one death was blamed on a heart attack during the quake.

Damage was estimated at close to $4 billion. Destruction ranged from collapsed walls in Seattle's Pioneer Square, to damage on the Alaska Way Viaduct and seawall, plus broken glass in the air traffic control tower at Sea-Tac airport. Olympia dealt with damage, too. There were landslides, broken up roads and runways - all of which took years to fix.

The Nisqually quake was similar to others in 1949 and 1965. Washington state remains at risk of more severe earthquakes from the Seattle Fault, which lies closer to the surface. That could lead to a magnitude 9 megaquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 


 

What would you do in a magnitude 9 earthquake? Does your family have an emergency plan or necessary supplies at home, work, school, or even in the car?

Learn how to be as prepared as possible from our panel discussion"SHAKE ALERT: Are you ready for the next big earthquake?" KING 5's Lori Matsukawa and Glenn Farley have been researching earthquake preparedness from the Washington coast to the coast of Japan. They were joined by Bill Steele, Director of Outreach & Communications from the University of Washington's Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

 

Start getting ready now with this helpful list of resources shared by agencies across the Pacific Northwest: 

Sign up for the Great Washington Shakeout

Prepare! A Resource Guide from the American Red Cross

Have an earthquake ready home - infograph

Build a "2 weeks ready" kit - Washington Emergency Management Division

Two Weeks Ready - infograph

7 steps to earthquake safety - via Earthquake Country Alliance

Earthquake Early Warning - USGS

University of Washington earthquake research

Be prepared for an emergency - Be Red Cross Ready

Prepare! Survive! Recover! - infograph

American Preparedness - kits prepared by disabled veterans

ShakeAlert.org

How to protect yourself, whether at home, the car or a high-rise building - Infograph

Exploring earthquakes with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

Explaining earthquake intensity - IRIS

Discover how GPS is an essential component of the Cascadia early warning system - IRIS

KING 5 earthquake coverage: 

Create an earthquake readiness kit

See how the early warning system shook out in Belfair

Earthquake simulator prepares Seattleites from the 'big one'

New Seattle bridge to survive earthquakes

Kobe warns Seattle: Prepare for mega quake

Massive drill for Washington's 'mega quake' starts Tuesday

ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system rolls out in Washington

How to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis along Washington coast

Special thanks to the following agencies for sharing critical resources about earthquake readiness: University of Washington Pacific Seismic Network, Washington State Emergency Management, American Red Cross, University of Oregon, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the Southern California Earthquake Center, and Caltech

© 2017 KING-TV


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