Although there was little if anything new revealed in a recent article in the New Yorker Magazine about the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake, the magazine is still printing stories as if they were the first to break the news to everyone. But of course they weren’t. Local news media outlets, including NewsLincolnCounty.com, have been beating that drum for the last four years, at least.
But there is that factor that the news IS coming from a national news source that somehow steps up the emotions when coast residents are confronted by the fact that the Oregon Coast is not prepared for the next catastrophic shaker. And that local emergency preparedness is nowhere near the level it needs to be if thousands of lives are to be saved.
But again, to be fair, local governments and authorities can only do so much. And the Oregon Coast is not a rich part of America. Smart preparedness costs money. And that money is coming in by dribs and drabs, and none of it is enough. But be assured, they’re trying.
Meanwhile, the New Yorker did an update on their initial bombshell of two weeks ago. The latest installment is a quick overview of what “The Big One” is likely to do to Portland and the Willamette Valley.
Here’s more in the Oregonian. Click here.