Emergency Management

Earthquake Rumors
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 6th, 2001 at 10:00 AM

Pierce County citizens have expressed some concern about “rumors” of an even larger earthquake occurring this week. Emergency Management Director Steve Bailey was asked to comment on these rumors and his response follows: There is no scientific way to predict earthquakes. Anyone who suggests a date or timeframe for such an event is not basing his or her prediction on science. The “Nisqually Earthquake” that occurred last Wednesday was a deep earthquake. Historically deep earthquakes have very limited aftershock activity. Shallow, fault earthquakes – more common in the Northwest – have many more aftershocks, literally in the hundreds. There have been two aftershocks (magnitudes 3.4 and 2.7) of this earthquake, both occurred last week. There has been no other aftershock activity. Since we cannot predict when the next earthquake will strike, this is an opportunity for our citizens to prepare their offices, homes, vehicles and families for the next disaster. Emergency preparedness information and training is available from the Department of Emergency Management at 798-7470.