Lecture     Series: History Pub

Is Portland Ready for the Big One?: Portland’s Past and Future Earthquakes

Free and open to the public
Monday, February 27, 2017
7PM – 9PM

  • Free
  • Teachers
  • Researchers
  • Family-friendly

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Teachers, Researchers, Family-friendlyLocation: Portland

In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, the Juan de Fuca plate is being subducted under the North American Plate at the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The lecture will discuss the hazards of and the preparedness for ground shaking, liquefaction, landslides, and tsunamis along the subduction zone. What are the differences of recurrence intervals for large earthquakes on the northern and southern margins? 

Much of the region was not thought to be an earthquake region so earthquake building standards are fairly recent. How does the chance of crustal, plate, and subduction quakes affect building codes, emergency preparedness, siting of critical facilities, building of bridges, and transportation corridors in the region? What have we learned from recent subduction quakes around the world that can be applied to the Pacific Northwest? What can the region expect after a large quake?

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

About History Pub

Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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