Earthquake Preparedness

Fare gates at underground BART station in San Francisco, California

Transit and the ‘Big One’

Bay Area transit agencies employ rigorous protocols to ensure they’re prepared for the next major earthquake.

October 11, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

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State Study Calls For Tsunami Evacuation Structures In Coastal Communities

A Washington state study recommends the construction of dozens of tsunami evacuation facilities along the Pacific Northwest coast.

November 11, 2021 - KUOW


High Costs Lead Seattle to Scale Back Earthquake Work on Bridges

After underestimating costs by hundreds of millions, Seattle is forced to cut back on proposed seismic improvements for the city's bridges.

December 29, 2020 - The Seattle Times

Northridge Earthquake, 1994

Earthquake Preparation for Resilience

A look at San Francisco's building resilience plan illustrates the pertinent need to include earthquake preparedness in resiliency planning.

October 13, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

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L.A. Program Brings Earthquake Preparedness to Neighborhoods

A new Los Angeles initiative looks to neighborhood councils to lead disaster planning efforts that involve more residents.

July 25, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

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BART Rolls Out Upgraded Earthquake Alert System

The new sensor technology gives riders up to a minute to drop, cover, and hold on.

October 9, 2018 - Mercury News

Earthquake Damage

Op-Ed: Portland Should Fully Commit to Earthquake Preparedness

An editorial calls for Portland, Oregon to approve a requirement that warning signs be placed on unreinforced historic buildings. An argument is made for further measures, and a greater sense of urgency.

October 6, 2018 - The Oregonian

Earthquake damage

Idea Worth Copying: Japan's Theme-Park-Style Disaster Preparation Centers

Visitors to Japan’s theme-park-style disaster preparation centers can experience simulated quakes, typhoons, and fires. Perhaps a similar idea would be helpful in part of the United States?

May 16, 2017 - The Seattle Times

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