There was another big quake in the south Pacific last night, and the State of Oregon is releasing a big report on Oregon's lack of earthquake readiness.
|Think our bridge traffic is congested? How about post-quake traffic!
Today's editorial: Yo, Legislators — The Big One will be even worse than we thought statesmanjournal.com/article/201302…#sjnow #orleg #orpol @govkitzSo remind me again why we're looking to spend $800+ million on a new bridge and highway?
— DickHughes (@DickHughes) February 6, 2013
|Is there budget for earthquake prep on top of $800+ million bridge?
What would a Cascadia earthquake mean? The draft report, prepared by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, states: “Available studies estimate fatalities ranging from 1,250 to more than 10,000 due to the combined effects of earthquake and tsunami, tens of thousands of buildings destroyed or damaged so extensively that they will require months to years of repair, tens of thousands of displaced households, more than $30 billion in direct and indirect economic losses (close to one-fifth of Oregon’s gross state product), and more than one million dump truck loads of debris.”Isn't it likely there are more important things than a big bridge and highway to be budgeting for? What good's a big bridge and highway when the local roads are trashed, buildings are down, rubble is everywhere, there's no food and gas, and water and sewer are severed.
Healthcare facilities could be out of normal service for 18 months in the Willamette Valley — three years along the coast. Depending on location, drinking water and sewer service could be inoperable for one month to three years. Even the highest-priority highways in the valley could be impassable for six to 12 months.