Issaquah joins regional earthquake-response exercise

June 5, 2012

By Staff

Issaquah officials plan to participate in a regional earthquake simulation to the test the city’s response to major temblors.

The exercise, called the 2012 Evergreen Quake Exercise Series, on June 5-6 is designed to examine city, county, state, tribal and federal response plans and operations in the days immediately after major earthquakes hit the Puget Sound region.

In addition to Issaquah, six counties, more than 20 cities, several American Indian tribes, numerous private sector partners, and state and federal agencies plan to participate.

Issaquah officials last participated in a simulated earthquake exercise, called Sound Shake, in October 2010. Officials simulated the response to a magnitude 6.7 earthquake. The ersatz earthquake struck the region less than 48 hours earlier, during rush hour at 7:54 a.m. on a Tuesday.

The detailed scenario — conducted almost a decade after the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake rattled Western Washington — was crafted to include projected damage, mock TV news reports and a flurry of phone calls from other agencies, residents and journalists.

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