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Tsunami warning siren will sound during statewide earthquake drill

10.01.15 — Tsunami warning sirens on coastal Washington will be activated October 15 in a special test that is part of the.... Read More »

Advisory: Great Washington ShakeOut coming Oct. 15

09.15.15 — For the fourth year in a row, Washington state is participating in the Great Washington ShakeOut drop, cover and hold.... Read More »

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Why do we need vertical evacuation centers?

Why do we need vertical evacuation centers?

Ocosta Elementary School in the coastal town of Westport is making history by constructing the first tsunami engineered vertical evacuation refuge in the United States.

Military Dept. preps earthquake readiness techniques

Military Dept. preps earthquake readiness techniques

The Washington Military Department worked together with state, county and local agencies to respond to a notional Cascadia Subduction Zone event, which included a simulated 9.0 earthquake and a tsunami during Exercise Evergreen Tremor.

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