Legislators in Salem appear to be getting more serious about the threat of a subduction zone earthquake along Oregon’s coast.
So far nine bills are under discussion.
There’s a bill to have a permanent earthquake resilience officer stationed in the governor’s office; another to require gas stations to have manual overrides — so gas can be pumped when the electricity goes out after a quake; and another bill to stop the construction of certain buildings, like schools and fire stations, in tsunami zones.
Who knows which, if any, will make it into law. But geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch says it’s more activity than she’s seen before. “I’ve been doing this for about five years now and the last couple of years have been pretty exciting because we’re actually having a lot of action on the state level.”
The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission will meet at the State Capitol Tuesday morning to discuss the bills.