Workshop may shake up citizens on earthquake danger

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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla County has its faults. And they could be catastrophic.

In this case, the faults are geologic and the catastrophe would be an earthquake. Which is why officials are holding an earthquake awareness workshop Monday.

The workshop will be at 4 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room at the Walla Walla County Legislative and Health Building, 314 E. Main St.

The workshop will feature presentations by David Johnson from GNS Science, New Zealand, and Dave Nelson of the state Emergency Management Division. Both will discuss the results of a recent study of community understanding of earthquake risk in Eastern Washington.

Officials say the study suggested there is a disconnect between people's awareness of the possibility of future earthquakes and the real risk of earthquake hazards in the region.

There are two fault systems in Walla Walla County, one located along the foothills of the Blue Mountains stretching generally north and south and the second stretching from the Wallula Gap on the Columbia River toward Touchet.

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