Oregon Emergency Management is presenting two free public informational events next week to discuss preparedness for the two kinds of natural disasters most likely to affect Oregonians - earthquakes and tsunamis.
Oregon State University professor Bob Yeats and Althea Rizzo of Oregon Emergency Management are scheduled to speak in Corvallis from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Linus Pauling Middle School Auditorium, 1111 N.W. Cleveland Ave.
Another preparedness event is scheduled in Monroe from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Monroe Fire Station, 680 Commercial St.
Benton County Emergency Program manager Mary King said that after the 9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan on March 11, more people want to be prepared for the worst.
"People are starting to be concerned about the Ring of Fire," she said, referring to the 25,000-mile horseshoe-shaped area around the Pacific Ocean that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. It includes the West Coast of North America. King said that earthquakes happen off the coast of Oregon every 250 to 300 years.
"We've known for a long time that Oregon is overdue for a Cascadia Subduction Zone quake," she said.