The Pacific Northwest is due for a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami would likely produce an unprecedented catastrophe much larger than any disaster the state of Oregon has ever faced. Oregon’s resilience to earthquakes is low, thus, preparing for a catastrophic disaster to become more resilient is needed to improve personal safety and safeguard communities and businesses. At this Science on Tap, Yumei Wang, geotechnical engineer at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), will discuss Oregon’s earthquake setting, expected impacts from a Cascadia earthquake and how Oregonians are preparing for “the really big one.”
Yumei Wang focuses on building resilience to natural hazards and earthquake risk management, including on schools, emergency response facilities and critical infrastructure. She provides support to the Chief Financial Office at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services on long range resilience planning, serves on the Board of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup, and has been an advisor to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), to the National Academies liquefaction committee, as well as co-led post-earthquake damage assessments on the 2011 Tohoku, Japan and 2010 Maule, Chile. Wang has been a guest on PBS NewsHour, been interviewed by The New York Times, and appeared in documentaries produced by Oregon Public Broadcast, NOVA, National Geographic, and Discovery. Wang served as a U.S. Congressional Fellow in Washington DC. She is the recipient of the 2018 Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction.
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