Earthquake - Before, During and After

Seventy million people in 39 states are at high risk from earthquakes. People in all states, however, are at some risk. Earthquakes can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt utilities and trigger landslides, avalanches, flash floods, fires, hazardous materials spills, tsunamis and volcanoes. Since 1840 more than 900 earthquakes have been felt in Washington. Approximately 1,000 earthquakes occur in Washington State every year.


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Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division