PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – An estimated 273,000 Oregonians took part in the Great Oregon Shakeout earthquake drill Thursday morning, joining millions more around the world.
The annual drill asks participants to “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” Hundreds of state organizations took part in Thursday’s event.
This was Oregon’s third year in the Great Shakeout, joining 37 states, along with Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Province of British Columbia. An estimated 19 million people took part worldwide.
Oregon is located on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which stretches from California to British Columbia. According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the state is at risk of a magnitude 9 or higher earthquake within the next 50 years.
A Marion County Sheriff's deputy is in fair condition after being wounded in a gunfight with a man in a rural area Friday. The suspect was also wounded.
A 29-year-old man was arrested after crashing his pickup truck into the Columbia River, then swimming away before authorities arrived.
Road conditions in some of the hardest-hit areas of Oregon are much improved after ODOT crews took care of the major arteries.
A house fire in Southeast Portland caused extensive damage early Saturday morning, but no one was injured.