- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Deschutes County has updated its plan for dealing with natural disasters, including the potential Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that recently received national attention.

The Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1U2Antw ) that county commissioners adopted the update last week. The plan details how the county and cities of La Pine, Redmond, Bend and Sisters can reduce the destruction caused by disasters like wildfires and winter storms.

The updated Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan contains nearly 20 new suggestions for emergency preparedness, including new risk-reduction measures in the event of a large offshore earthquake.

The last quake from the Cascadia Subduction Zone was a 9.0 magnitude and created a tsunami that hit the Oregon coast in 1700. Seismologists say there’s a 1 in 10 chance for a similar earthquake in the next 50 years.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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