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Cascadia Rising 2016 Earthquake Response Training June 7-11, 2016

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland is participating in Cascadia Rising 2016, a regional multi-day functional exercise on June 7-10, 2016 intended to test local, state, tribal, and federal governments, select private sector and non-governmental organizations’ ability to jointly respond to a Cascadia Subduction Zone 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

Starting on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 the City of Kirkland will participate in a simulated field response operation coordinated with neighboring communities, state Emergency Operation Centers, FEMA, and major military commands. The National Guard will be involved and will utilize HMVS for transportation throughout Kirkland and a Black Hawk helicopter will be landing in Crestwoods Park on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. to conduct medivac demonstrations.

A community based organization event on will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Inglewood Presbyterian Church in Finn Hill starting at 7:30 a.m. Community response organizations such as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Map Your Neighborhood, Greater Kirkland Citizen Corps Council, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), King County Medical Reserve Corps, the HOPE animal assisted crisis response team and others will be participating in the exercise. If you are interested in participating register at

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a megathrust fault that stretches from Northern Vancouver Island to Cape Mendocino California. It has produced some the strongest earthquakes in Pacific Northwest. Scientific evidence indicates that a magnitude 8.0-9.0 earthquake occurs along the 800-mile long fault on average once every 200 to 500 years. The last major earthquake and tsunami along the fault occurred over 300 years ago in 1700. 

Contact: Pattijean Hooper
Department: Office of Emergency Management
Phone: 425.587.3630