How bad could the ‘big one’ be? In Portland, 27,000 quake victims including your Critical IT facilities and networks.
It’s 8:16 on a chilly, wet morning in early spring. You’ve just arrived at work and are pouring a cup of coffee when you become aware of a low rumbling noise. Within seconds, the rumbling becomes a roar, the floor beneath you heaves, and the building begins to pitch and shake so violently that you’re thrown to the floor. The roaring is joined by a cacophony of crashing as windows shatter and every unsecured object in the room—from the desk chair to the coffee pot—is sent flying. Shaken loose by the shuddering and jolting of the building, dust and ceiling particles drift down like snow. Then the lights flicker and go out. Remembering to “drop, cover, and hold,” you crawl under the nearest table, hold on tight, and tell yourself that the shaking should last only a few seconds more . . . but it goes on and on. This is it: “The Big One”. The Cascadia subduction zone has just unleashed a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. Are you prepared? Read the full Report: http://www.crew.org/sites/default/files/cascadia_subduction_scenario_2013.pdf
Without Warning: http://www.oregon.gov/OEM/Documents/WithoutWarningEarthquake_english.pdf