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February 6, 2013

9.0 quake could cause $30B damage in Oregon

  • A new report says tens of thousands of buildings would be severely damaged.
  • PORTLAND (AP) — Unless Oregon gets better prepared, an inevitable magnitude 9.0 earthquake off its coast could kill thousands of residents and cause more than $30 billion in damage to the economy, a state earthquake commission says.

    The findings are in a draft Oregon Resilience Plan that calls for the state to make 50 years of seismic upgrades and other improvements to limit the damage, the Oregonian reported Tuesday.

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