Remembering the 2001 Nisqually earthquake…and preparing for the next one

Do you know what to do if an earthquake were to happen today?

February 28th marks the 14-year anniversary of the 2001 M6.8 Nisqually earthquake and it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on being prepared for geologic emergencies.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides are all geologic hazards that we face in Washington. Though these events cannot be predicted precisely, they are inevitable—it’s just a matter of when and where.

When an earthquake happens, there will not be time to Google what you are supposed to do (Drop! Cover! Hold On!). After the earthquake, the internet might not work at all. Know what to do ahead of time and be prepared.