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Posted: Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2013

Geologist Dr. George Priest describes how the earth reacts during a major earthquake.

No one who is staying remotely in touch with the community can say, “I didn’t know. Nobody told me,” after the glut of information that has been flooding print and air media in past months about emergency preparedness, particularly for the looming dangers of tsunamis and earthquakes.

Locally a team of information experts, Western Lane Emergency Operations Group (WLEOG), has been offering a steady stream of meetings and classes to teach residents how to be prepared in case of such major disasters, and last weekend the group refocused on earthquakes, even while tsunamis have been holding onto the headlines in recent years.

Near the second anniversary of a magnitude 9 earthquake in Japan that preceded a tsunami more than 40 feet high, a famed Oregon geologist and a team of certified emergency responders presented two workshops on Saturday, March 9, to drive home the point of “being prepared.”

Introduced as a scientific “rock star,” pun intended, Dr. George Priest, noted geologist for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), led the multi-faceted discussion Saturday, that blurred the line between earthquakes and tsunamis, a little bit like which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

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