A nationwide earthquake drill is scheduled for October 17th, and lots of folks in Oregon are participating.
There's nothing wrong, of course, with focusing on individual safety.
But a lot of the problem with a large earthquake happens well after the quake itself: Survivors need food, clean water, medical treatment - lots of things that involve the movement of people and goods.
|After the earthquake, a lot of brick structures will look like this|
Belluschi clinic at 13th and Center
Infrastructure is hugely important here. (And that means the scale of government, not the smaller one of private individuals and self-reliance.)
So let's talk about those bridges.
Remember the Skagit Bridge collapse? The Marion Street Bridge is in worse shape!
|Marion St. Bridge = 29.7 rating; Skagit Bridge was 57.4|
|From State of Salem's Streets report|