Think Out Loud

What Is The Future Of Coastal Communities After A Megaquake?

By Julie Sabatier (OPB) and John Rosman (OPB)
Oct. 12, 2015 5:51 p.m.

John Rosman / OPB

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If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake struck right now it would take a couple of months to get the water system fully operational in Portland and its suburbs. But it's an entirely different story on the Oregon Coast.

In the event of the Cascadia quake, the coast will be closest to the epicenter, fully in the tsunami zone and, due to its rural location, last in line for repairs. How long would it take for these systems to be rebuilt?

In a radio special as part of OPB's "Unprepared," series, OPB digital producer John Rosman explores what water infrastructure can tell us about the survival of coastal communities after what could be the largest natural disaster in American history.

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