Ore. & other NW states hold earthquake drills

Credit: Oregon Office of Emergency Management photo by Cory E. Grogan

Students at Candaleria Elementary School in Salem practice protecting themselves under desks during an earthquake drill.


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Posted on October 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 6:58 PM

PORTLAND -- Oregon joined other Western state at precisely 10:17 a.m. Thursday for a drill dubbed The Great Shakeout.

More than 270,000 people took part in the drill in Oregon, including school children.

About a quarter-million people were involved in the Oregon earthquake drill and about 860,000 in Washington state. Participants came from all walks of life, government agencies and non-profits.

At the Portland Fire & Rescue training facility, fire fighters worked on technical rescue drills. They practiced moving heavy debris, simulating a collapsed building with victims trapped inside.

The city's only technical rescue team was stationed downtown, but a second technical rescue team is in training. It will be stationed on the east side of the Willamette River, in case Portland's bridges collapse, during an earthquake

A tsunami drill was also held on the Oregon Coast.

Sponsors included FEMA, the Red Cross, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and the American Red Cross Oregon Chapters.