This report provides damage and casualty estimates to buildings, people, and key infrastructure sectors resulting from a major earthquake in the Portland metropolitan region by using updated local geologic information and recent advances in loss estimation methods. Damage and casualty estimates are tabulated at county, jurisdiction, and neighborhood levels, providing actionable information for further use in emergency planning, earthquake mitigation, public awareness, and post-earthquake response and recovery.
This report summarizes the first phase of work to estimate earthquake losses, focusing on methodology refinement and the application of new methods in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties (Oregon). Phase 2 will apply the same methods in Columbia County, Oregon, and Clark County, Washington.
The Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) is a bi-state partnership of local and regional government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector stakeholders representing the Portland metropolitan region that collaborate to increase the region’s resiliency to disasters. The region spans Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington Counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington.