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.
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.