- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A panel of experts is recommending that Oregon spend at least $100 million a year to prepare schools and emergency buildings for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

The recommendation is among nearly two dozen sent to state lawmakers on Tuesday. The Legislature last year created a task force to recommend immediate steps that can be taken to improve Oregon’s ability to withstand a massive offshore quake.

The panel says the money should be used to retrofit unsafe buildings, tear them down or replace them.

Other suggestions include hiring an earthquake adviser to the governor and developing education programs for schoolchildren, businesses and the public.

The panel says local governments also should take into account the latest tsunami inundation maps when developing building codes.

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