The Really Big One

Join us on Thursday, August 6 for a public discussion about earthquake readiness.


The recent New Yorker magazine article, entitled the “The Really Big One,” about the possibility of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the Pacific Northwest has sparked intense public interest in earthquake science and emergency preparedness.

University of Oregon geologists Rebecca Dorsey and Douglas Toomey will host a public forum to explain the science behind earthquake preparedness, answer common questions and detail the potential risks to residents of the region.

The forum will take place on Thursday, August 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 156 of Straub Hall, just southeast of the Erb Memorial Union. Admission is free.

Panelists will discuss the types of earthquakes that occur in the Pacific Northwest, and the history of the Cascadia subduction zone, as well as recent advances toward regional preparedness and efforts to expand a West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System.

Representatives from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University will be available for questions.  This includes CSC’s own Josh Bruce, Director for Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience.

The event will be streamed live on the Internet via the UO Channel and you can follow the discussion on Twitter at #TheReallyBigOne. To learn more, please visit

This is important. We hope to see everyone there.

One comment on “The Really Big One

  1. It was too late. There could be a good speech not to be missed. The fear and panic indeed are raised among people in the states. There are more risks if the big one really come. Moreover, the risks can be minimized by disaster mitigation and preparedness.
    From the history, seismic zone science can be learned.

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