CAMP MURRAY, Wash. (AP) — More than 1,000 Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen are practicing their ability to respond to a potential earthquake and tsunami.
The weeklong exercise is meant to test the agency’s response in case of a catastrophic quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault stretching along the coastline from northern California to Vancouver Island.
The training exercises are taking place in locations across the state, including Camp Murray, Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane and emergency operations centers in Mason, Grays Harbor and King Counties. The state emergency operations center at Camp Murray also will fully activate on Tuesday.
Soldiers and airmen will set up tactical operations and practice relocating the National Guard’s operations center to Eastern Washington.
The exercise called Evergreen Tremor began Wednesday morning.