Learn to get ready for big quake

Three public forums to learn how to be prepared for a big earthquake will be presented on Nov. 13 and 14 in Medford.

The events, sponsored by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, will feature Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards program coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, who will discuss the steps needed to be prepared.

All sessions are free to the public. They will be held in the Smullin Center at the Rogue Regional Medical Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road, Medford.

The first earthquake preparedness session will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. The second session is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.

The final session, presented in both English and Spanish, will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

The forum will focus on issues surrounding the Cascadia Subduction Zone, also known as the Cascadia fault, which stretches from northern Vancouver Island to northern California. Earthquakes taking place along this fault line are considered to be "megathrust" earthquakes with magnitudes of 9.0 or larger.

The last known earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone was Jan. 26, 1700.

Geological data indicates the fault remains active. However, no one knows when the next big earthquake will hit.

— Paul Fattig

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