Around here, earthquake jokes come and go, what with the ongoing concern that the South Sister is “bulging and is destined to erupt, sooner or later. But the thought that Central Oregonians might actually need to be prepared for just such an event rarely comes to mind. However, if a notable volcanic eruption were to take place near us, the reality is pretty sobering. For example, here are just a few of the hardships we might face: no electricity, food, shelter, water or medical help.
With that thought in mind, the Oregon Department of Geology is hosting two free Earthquake Disaster presentations in Central Oregon next week, for folks who’d like to better understand the ins and outs (so to speak) of our state’s volcanic activity. On Feb. 21 and 22, earthquake expert James Roddey will discuss the geological record and Native American lore concerning local earthquakes. (By the way, if you think the next major earthquake off the Pacific coast won’t affect Central Oregon, think again.)
Monday’s presentation takes place at 7 p.m. at the Tower Theatre in Bend (835 N. Wall St.). Tuesday’s presentation is at 6:30 p.m. at the Redmond VFW Hall (1836 SW Veterans Way). The American Red Cross, in partnership with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services program, the Tower Theatre and the Redmond VFW, is sponsoring the presentations.
For more information, call 541-306-1238.