Draft newsletter for Sunday May 18, 2014. Newsletters can be found in the archives by Friday, also. http://www.zetatalk.com/newsletr/archives.htm


Afghanistan Landslide

A massive landslide almost wiped away an entire village in northeast Afghanistan in early May, burying thousands in deep mud.

Afghan Landslide Rescue now Focuses on Displaced
May 3, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/afghan-landslide-rescue-now-focuses-on...
Afghan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, with the number killed or missing as much as 2,700 in mud up to 100 meters deep. The United Nations said the focus now was on helping more than 4,000 displaced people.

Landslide in Afghanistan Kills at Least 350
May 2, 2014
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/afghan-official-says-250-missing-aft...
Video footage of the scene showed how a large section of the mountain had simply slipped away sending mud and earth sliding through the village below. The province normally has many landslides, but they generally occur in remote areas and produce no casualties, said Mohammad Usman Abu Zar from the Meteorology Department of Badakhshan province. He said authorities would investigate further, but initial reports indicated that the heavy rain was the cause.

Where the media tried to ascribe the massive landslide to recent rains, per this Pole Shift ning
http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/afghanistan-floods-kills-1...
blog the recent rainstorms nearby caused flooding to the west and northwest of the landslide region.

Over 100 dead, Thousands left Homeless by Afghan Floods
April 25, 2014
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-afghanistan-flood-idUS...
More than 100 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by flash floods in north and west Afghanistan. Thousands of homes have been engulfed by flood waters in four provinces after three days of heavy rain in what is traditionally a wet period at the start of spring.

Five other People Killed by floods in Tajikistan last Friday
April 28, 2014
http://news.tj/en/news/five-other-people-killed-floods-tajikistan-l...
Floods caused by recent torrential rains killed five people in the Hisor Valley (Central Tajikistan).

Was something other than the rains at fault for the massive landslide? The Eurasian Plate is being stretched from the Scandinavian countries to India, thus the trumpets of Kiev
as noted in Issue 255
http://www.zetatalk.com/newsletr/issue255.htm
of this newsletter and derailing trains and sinkholes across Russia as noted in Issue 379.  
http://www.zetatalk.com/newsletr/issue379.htm
Per the Zetas this stretch will ultimately create an inland bay up through Afghanistan and into Russia.

ZetaTalk Prediction 4/15/2002:
http://www.zetatalk.com/poleshft/p148.htm
The movement of the massive plate housing Europe, Russia, and Asia to the east also is expected to rip this plate along the Himalayas, as we have stated, creating an inland bay into the Russian lands just to what is now the north of the Himalayas.

ZetaTalk Description 12/11/2007:
http://www.zetatalk.com/info/tinfx360.htm
The new Eurasian Plate seaway is anticipated to run just to the east of the Iran border, going up through western Pakistan and Afghanistan and thence round along the eastern borders of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan where the lowlands are skirting the foothills of the Himalayas. It cannot run up through Karachi as Pakistan runs into the Himalayas and there are rock bonds that will not pull apart. Yet rip it must as the Eurasian Plate has lost any friction preventing movement where the African Plate formerly snugged up against it through the Mediterranean and down through the Red Sea. The Atlantic Rift has pulled apart, pulling the great Eurasian Plate to the west. To the east, where the Himalayas are glued to the Indo-Australian Plate and the Pacific Plate, there is glue and resistance to move. Thus, moving in the direction of least resistance, the Eurasian Plate rips through the lowlands skirting along the highlands, a stretch zone adjustment that is silent and only deadly to those directly above the point of tear. This has happened before to the great Eurasian Plate, as the lowlands through his middle attest.

The inland bay will not be on the Indo-Australian Plate border, which runs up through the Indus Valley of Pakistan. It will not be on the highlands of Afghanistan. It will be on the western border of Afghanistan, ripping up along the lowlands there. Thus the great landslide in Afghanistan occurred not on the Indo-Australian Plate border, and not where the rains fell, but in a region being pulled apart by the Eurasian Plate stretch, as an early precursor of the bay to be formed in this region.


Disaster Preparation

While denying that an Apocalypse might occur in the near future, the public is quietly being prepared for smaller homes. Imagine a major earthquake hitting New York City or the West Coast cities of San Francisco or LA, with MOST of the populace displaced and suddenly homeless. The public has been introduced to tiny homes  
http://www.zetatalk.com/newsletr/issue377.htm
for the past couple years, and building with trash,  
http://www.zetatalk.com/newsletr/issue383.htm
both concepts the newly homeless will have to embrace. It is likely no accident thus that both New York City and San Francisco suddenly featured pod homes in the media, literally on the same day.

New York City Unveils New Stackable Post-Disaster Housing Solution
April 28, 2014
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2615388/New-York-City-tests...
The shipping container-style modular homes are billed as the nation's first urban post disaster housing prototype and three test units were erected in downtown Brooklyn on Saturday. The city’s high population density and the desire to resettle as many residents as possible in their former neighborhoods, required a new approach based on providing higher-density living spaces than the single-household homes or trailers typically used for post-disaster housing elsewhere.

San Jose Leaders Look to Build ‘Pods,’ ‘Microhouses’ to Shelter the Homeless
April 29, 2014
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/04/29/san-jose-leaders-look-t...
A new idea is taking shape in San Jose to help the down and out get out of tents and doorways and into more sturdy shelters. The idea involves building new neighborhoods for the homeless with shed-sized buildings. The dwellings can be built for about $5,000. They are typically under 150 square feet, with no running water. Bathrooms and kitchens would be communal.

Then there are the heavy duty disaster drills, ongoing, again almost on the same day, in both North and South America. This is at least subliminally registering with the populace. Why all this nervous anticipation?

"Cooperation III" Rescue Drill Held in Peru
April 29, 2014
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2014-04/29/c_133298200.htm
A member of Peru's Volunteer Fire Company participates in the multinational exercise "Cooperation III", a rescue drill in the province of Pisco, Ica's department, Peru, on April 28, 2014. Peru's Air Force will participate in the multinational exercise "Cooperation III", with the collaboration of 13 armed forces of the American continent, for support in case of natural disasters as earthquakes and tsunami.

Officials to hold Largest Security Drill in Boston's History
May 1, 2014
http://www.sott.net/article/278357-Officials-to-hold-largest-securi...
In addition to the school shooter drill, participants will respond to drills involving an injured officer in Cambridge, a hospital evacuation in Boston, a hostage rescue of elected officials at Boston City Hall, an explosive device on a transit system in Boston, a structural collapse on Moon Island, and a simulation of a terrorist takeover at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The long-awaited New Madrid adjustment in the US also has officials nervous, but what can they do to warn the public? Empty all the cities in the New Madrid zone and along the West Coast of the US that might be affected? Move all the residents in the UK that might be affected by a tsunami incited by the New Madrid adjustment? The public would not agree to this. What to do? Educate the public on what has occurred, and thus on what might again occur.  Thus we see Washington State in the US openly preparing the public for a magnitude 9 quake and the USGS warning Oklahoma for the first time ever.
Just how Devastating will Earthquakes be in Washington?
May 21, 2014
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Just-how-devastating-will-ea...
New interactive maps called the Washington State Earthquake Hazards Scenario Catalog provide a shakedown of how various earthquakes in the region will cause injuries and affect hospitals, as well as buildings and infrastructure.

UW Launches Effort to Prepare Region for Major Quake
April 25, 2014
http://www.krem.com/news/northwest-news/256793561.html
Scientists fully expect that the coast of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and part of northern California to see a magnitude nine subduction zone earthquake again. It's been 314 years since the last one in January of the year 1700. Their goal: to step up efforts to prepare for the next magnitude nine earthquake in the Northwest and the ensuing recovery. In addition to earthquake scientists, M9 participants included structural engineers, transportation experts, representatives from the insurance industry, social scientists, oceanographers, tsunami specialists and emergency managers.

Rare Earthquake Warning Issued for Oklahoma
May 5, 2014
http://news.yahoo.com/rare-earthquake-warning-issued-oklahoma-19421...
Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This is the first time the USGS has issued an earthquake warning for a state east of the Rockies. The geological agencies took action after the rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma outpaced that of even California for the first few months of 2014.

The horrific European tsunami predicted by the Zetas during the 7 of 10 plate movements has been softened due to a slowed process, a result of the Council of Worlds decision to reduce death while Obama did his best to arrange to inform the public about the pending passage of Nibiru. But softened or not, such tsunami are inevitable when the Atlantic splits open, a reaction to the anticipated New Madrid adjustment.  How to warn the public on the slosh side that such tsunami has occurred in the past, and could occur again? While Washington State was warning that a magnitude 9 quake struck 314 years ago, the Daily Mail points to a time 8,200 years ago, blaming tsunami on a landslide along the coastline of Norway. The date of this tsunami is assumed from carbon dating on buried debris from settlements, which can surely carry an earlier date than the tsunami itself. Thus, this wash of water likely occurred two Pole Shifts back, 7,200 years ago. The attempt to blame the tsunami on a landslide also fails when one sees that the tsunami would have to make a 180 degree turn! Clearly, both the landslide and tsunami were caused by a tidal slosh coming from the Atlantic split that the Zetas describe so well. But the message that parts of the UK can disappear under the waves has been delivered.

Tsunami Triggered by a Landslide off the Coast of Norway 8,200 Years Ago
May 2, 2014
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2618640/Tsunami-8-20...
Just over 8,000 years ago a huge landslide occurred off the coast of Norway, known as the Storegga Slide. The event created a catastrophic tsunami, with waves almost half as high as the Statue of Liberty, that battered Britain and other land masses. And now the most accurate computer model ever made of the tsunami suggests that it wiped out the remaining inhabitants of a set of low-lying landmass known as Doggerland off the coast of the UK.

ZetaTalk Prediction 6/22/2010:
http://www.zetatalk.com/7of10/7of10-72.htm
After the New Madrid adjusts, the Atlantic will adjust. For the European tsunami, there will be a large void, a spreading apart, not rising or falling land on either side of the fault line. When water rushes in, it will clash in the center of the rift, and rise up. Thus, undecided in what direction it wishes to go, it will be very subject to the existing Gulf Stream, which will propel the excess water pressure in that direction. But the thrust northward will continue and will assault the coastline of the UK directly, and secondarily the coastline of France and Norway.

ZetaTalk Prediction 8/20/2011:
http://www.zetatalk.com/info/tinfx133.htm
We have predicted that Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be pulled down to a greater extent than England herself. What happens when plates are bent in this way, pulled down because the plate border in the mid-Atlantic has weakened, a void on one side of this plate border? Rock layers bend, and snap. Ireland, Scotland, and Wales face the Atlantic Rift more than the east coast of England, and thus take the brunt of the droop. One can see from the underwater shelf that lies to the west of these islands that this has happened before.

And while educating the public proceeds, planning to control any ensuing panic in the public is also quietly ongoing. An example is the decision to allow states to install toll booths on the US Interstate system. Where this is presented as a revenue raising issue, there is a second agenda – controlling mass flight from populated areas to the countryside.

White House Opens Door to Tolls on Interstate Highways, Removing Long-Standing Prohibition
April 29, 2014
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/white-house...long-standing-prohibition/2014/04/29/5d2b9f30-cfac-11e3-b812-0c92213941f4_story.html
With pressure mounting to avert a transportation funding crisis this summer, the Obama administration opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways to raise revenue for roadway repairs. The proposal, contained in a four-year, $302 billion White House transportation bill, would reverse a long-standing federal prohibition on most interstate tolling. Though some older segments of the network — notably the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes and Interstate 95 in Maryland and Interstate 495 in Virginia — are toll roads, most of the 46,876-mile system has been toll-free.

ZetaTalk Analysis 5/3/2014:
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/03ma2014.htm
There are many government decisions that can serve a dual agenda. Where it is true that revenue needs to be raised, and it is true that the Obama administration is seeking bipartisan solutions with a gridlock prone Congress, this proposal has subtle benefits for both the federal and state governments if panic migrations ensue during the coming Earth changes. The bill allows for states to insert toll booths and since most states are suffering under a budget shortfall, they are expected to act quickly once approved by Congress. State’s rights are not challenged, thus, so this is expected to be a popular bill, with little opposition.

We have long warned that those expecting to migrate to their safe locations not wait too long, as migrants can be blocked. Those expecting to travel should have a foot hold in their safe locations – own land with a deed in hand, or have relatives who can be called by a checkpoint looking for verification, or have legitimate business down the road. Casual travel, with a carload of kids and suitcases, with no definite destination is likely to be stopped. What governments do not want are carloads of new arrivals driving around the countryside, as home invasion would be the most likely result.

The interstate highway system in the US is notable by its connectedness, wherein one superhighway connects to another. Multi-lane, and with solid bridges built to last, the interstate system in the US will likely be functional after disasters where side roads will become blocked by washouts or heaving roads.
Toll gates are essentially checkpoints, as they stop traffic. Those turned back would then be funneled into relocation services. A rural state such as Nebraska would then take only those refuges from a New Madrid disaster that had been approved to be farm workers or relocated to bunkers on federal land. Governments fear uncontrolled chaos, and toll roads provide control.


Disclosure Hints

Just as the cover-up over Nibiru, aka Planet X has been used by the elite to control the common man, the cover-up over the alien presence has likewise been for control and manipulation of the common man. Nevertheless, the cover-up has been in place for decades, since the days of Roswell, on claims that the public could not handle the information, would panic, and the disruption to human society would be devastating. What was really being protected was the status and security of the elite.

ZetaTalk Insight 8/15/1995:
http://www.zetatalk.com/govmt/g22.htm
Cracks began to appear in the cover-up early on, but were mended by intimidation. This took the form not only of threats and beratement, but physical harm, to person and property, and even death. The rationale was that so much more injury and devastation would occur, were the populace to panic, that this was justified. For decades this was the rule, with active disinformation to smooth the edges. Over time, the amount of disinformation increased, until the whole situation became awkward and, quite frankly, untenable.

ZetaTalk Insight 1/26/2013:
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/26ja2013.htm
Evidence of life elsewhere in the Universe is in hand already in the images returned by the Mars rovers, such as the mouse on Mars, and the cell forms in the Red Rain falling in the vicinity of India and Sri Lanka. But it is the steadily increasing mass UFO sightings that frightens them. They can distort the evidence in an image, claim a hoax, and attempt to discredit a scientist’s report, but how to tell the residents of an entire city that what they have seen in the skies with their own eyes is false? How does this affect the economy? It affects the control that the participants in the forum assume they have over mankind. Religion works by fear, the threat of being damned to Hell if one does not follow the rules, and the enslavement of mankind by debt also works by fear. Now come the aliens, showing by the maneuvers in the skies that mankind’s technology, fighter jets and missiles, cannot affect them. What this says to mankind is that their leadership is ineffectual and paltry. What this says to the elite is that mankind might be less likely to take orders from them.

What does this have to do with Bill Clinton’s unease when asked about UFO’s recently, and the recent shakeup at the DIA? Bill Clinton was asked about the Roswell incident, and Clinton’s reported inquiries into this when he was president. A body language expert explains why it is obvious that Clinton was lying in his denials.

What has Bill Clinton so Stressed about UFOs?
May 2, 2014
http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/what-has-bill-clinton-so-stressed-about-...
Bill Clinton’s appearance earlier this month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – where he was asked about his interest in UFOs – has been subjected to body-language analysis by an investigator of paranormal claims, who says the former president exhibited signs of “significant apprehension, stress and guarded behavior.” Clinton – who had been using both hands as he talked, sitting with both feet on the floor – immediately adopted a defensive stance, indicative of intention to conceal, when first asked about UFOs. Clinton began gripping firmly both arms of his chair and crossed his legs.

How does a nervous ex-President relate to a forced change in leadership at the DIA? The DIA, as the intelligence arm of the US Department of Defense, was central to the cover-up over the alien presence, as it was central to the newly formed MJ12 resulting from the Roswell incident. Project Blue Book,
http://www.unmuseum.org/bluebook.htm
black helicopters harassing contactees, and claims that crop circles are laid down in crops by a couple drunken guys with boards were all arranged from this nexus in MJ12. Per the Zetas, the sudden change in leadership in the DIA indicates that disclosure is to be allowed, not suppressed, and all within the DIA are not in agreement. Some of the old guard are still resisting.

US Defense Intelligence Agency Director Reportedly being Forced Out
April 30, 2014
http://rt.com/usa/156040-michael-flynn-dia-leaving/
Both the director and deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon announced that they are to leave their jobs by early fall. The move is thought be the result of mounting pressure by top Washington officials. United States DIA Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn announced to Pentagon staff that he is walking away from that role a year earlier than anticipated. The news came via a joint statement made by Flynn and the agency's deputy director, David Shedd, who will also be vacating his post.  

ZetaTalk Insight 5/3/2014:
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/03ma2014.htm
These resignations, for scarcely believable reasons, are indeed related to the pending announcement admitting the presence of Planet X, aka Nibiru and leaning heavily to admitting that the alien presence is real.  When MJ12 was formed after the Roswell crash, the CIA and in particular the DIA were central to its operations. Since MJ12 was an intelligence op, to gauge primarily if the alien presence was a threat to the US, it should not be a surprise that the Defense Intelligence Agency was central to the operations. What followed were campaigns by the Department of Defense to deny that the alien presence was real, based on the prior War of the Worlds radio broadcast by the CIA, which was a test of public reactions.

Project Blue Book, was run by the Air Force and lasted decades. A concerted effort to convince the public that the Roswell flap was a weather balloon followed. Thus it should be no surprise that the DIA was loaded at the top with individuals who felt firmly that the alien presence should not be admitted, and as the years passed and UFO sightings became more dramatic and undeniable, this group became entrenched and defensive.  The US resistance to admitting the alien presence is considered the pot hole in the middle of the road preventing disclosure from proceeding. New leadership at the DIA was needed.

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Comment by Scott on March 6, 2016 at 5:43am

"Disaster Preparation" above.

Article imagines aftermath of massive earthquake in Portland (3/4/16)

A series of articles about the aftermath of 'The Big One' in the Pacific Northwest is shaking up social media only a day after its release.

VICE's "After The Big One" details what could happen in Portland in the event of a 9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

Local author Adam Rothstein did extensive research about the potential effects of the massive earthquake to come up with what he calls "reported science fiction."

In the first five minutes after the quake, Rothstein imagines the West Hills completely giving away, preseismic code buildings collapsing and most of our bridges falling apart.

Portland State University geologist Scott Burns told KATU News he doesn't agree with Rothstein about the West Hills landslide.

"This is an ancient landslide, it's been around for thousands of years. It's been through an awful lot of subduction earthquakes."

Other than that, Burns says the article is true to what scientists have said for decades.

One place that Burns thinks will have landslide issues is the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, where he says entire hillsides could come down.

http://katu.com/news/local/article-imagines-aftermath-of-massive-ea...

After The Big One
An immersive, reported science fiction saga about surviving the coming mega-quake.

https://motherboard.vice.com/after-the-big-one

Comment by Scott on February 2, 2016 at 10:22pm

See "Disaster Preparation" above and "Anticipating the New Madrid".

President Barack Obama has ordered all new or renovated federal buildings to be equipped with the latest protections against earthquakes.

Obama signed an executive order on Tuesday creating a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard. ...

...The White House is also seeking to make more progress in deploying an early earthquake warning system along the West Coast. Federal agencies are exploring ways to speed up the permitting process for new seismic monitoring stations.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a White House conference on earthquake resilience that the goal is to give people a short head start before an earthquake hits. Such detections systems would allow trains to stop or slow down and elevator doors to open a few seconds before the full force of the earthquake hits.

Once the system is fully operational, early warnings would be issued by the United States Geological Survey.The alerts would also go out to individual smartphones and allow people to move away from hazardous locations and "drop, cover, and hold on" before strong shaking occurs.

"When it's fully functional, it will put preparedness within everybody's reach," Jewell said. "Alerts will be fast, they'll be reliable about ongoing natural hazards, not just earthquakes but tsunamis as well."

Jewell said several countries including Japan, China, Turkey and Mexico have more advanced earthquake warning systems than what is available in the United States.

"We are not first to this party. I wish we were," Jewell said.

Obama orders more earthquake resilience for gov't buildings (2/2/16)
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a883bd2e02354b2b89df46d466367843/oba...

Comment by Scott on January 21, 2016 at 11:03am

See "Disaster Preparation" above and ZT from Q&A for April 18, 2015: "We, the Zetas have also predicted that a West Coast adjustment will follows the New Madrid adjustments

Emergency planners plan for deadly 'Big One' earthquake (1/20/16)

As military helicopters ferry search and rescue teams over the Pacific Northwest, below them are scenes of devastation from a giant earthquake that could strike the region at any time.

Tsunami waters surge through coastal communities. Buildings, bridges and roads lie in ruins. Fires burn out of control. Survivors are stranded on rooftops, cling to floating debris or are trapped inside wrecked buildings.

Seismologists say a full rupture of a 650-mile-long offshore fault running from Northern California to British Columbia and an ensuing tsunami could come in our lifetime, and emergency management officials are busy preparing for the worst.

Federal, state and military officials have been working together to draft plans to be followed when the "Big One" happens.

These contingency plans reflect deep anxiety about the potential gravity of the looming disaster: upward of 14,000 people dead in the worst-case scenarios, 30,000 injured, thousands left homeless and the region's economy setback for years, if not decades.

As a response, what planners envision is a deployment of civilian and military personnel and equipment that would eclipse the response to any natural disaster that has occurred thus far in the U.S.

There would be waves of cargo planes, helicopters and ships, as well as tens of thousands of soldiers, emergency officials, mortuary teams, police officers, firefighters, engineers, medical personnel and other specialists.

"The response will be orders of magnitude larger than Hurricane Katrina or Super Storm Sandy," said Lt. Col. Clayton Braun of the Washington State Army National Guard, referring to two of the best-known natural disasters in recent U.S. history.

Since 2013, Braun has led a team at work on putting together a military response plan for Washington state, to be used in conjunction with efforts by state and federal civilian agencies.

Oregon's response plan is called the Cascadia Playbook, named after the threatening offshore fault — the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The plan, unveiled last year, has been handed out to key officials so the state can respond quickly when disaster strikes.

"That playbook is never more than 100 feet from where I am," said Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. When Phelps goes out to dinner, he keeps the playbook in his car for quick access.

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan in 2011 gave greater clarity to what the Pacific Northwest needs to do to improve its readiness for a similar catastrophe.

"The Japanese quake and tsunami allowed light bulbs to go off for policymakers," Phelps said.

Federal and state emergency planners, as well as military officials, have been holding meetings to identify what can be done to lessen loss of life and to put the region in a better position to recover.

Much still needs to be done, and it is impossible to fully prepare for a catastrophe of this magnitude, but those responsible for drafting the evolving contingency plans believe they are making headway.

The plans call for using a tiered system for delivering personnel, gear and supplies into the devastated region.

Large cargo planes, like the military's C-5 Galaxy, would land at airports or air bases capable of handling them, and then progressively smaller aircraft would be used to get personnel and supplies to smaller airfields close to devastated areas.

Helicopters will play a crucial role, especially in coastal communities, which would likely be unreachable by road because of destroyed bridges and roads. Ships will likely be needed to assist with the delivery of emergency supplies and to assist with the evacuation of displaced and injured people.

Emergency medical facilities to treat the injured will be set up because hospitals on the coast will probably be too damaged to use. Collection points for bodies will be created. Hotels, motels, college dorms, sports arenas and government facilities would be used as temporary shelters for evacuees.

Military and civilian engineers will be sent in to begin repairing an infrastructure that could be shattered in the western — and most populated — third of the Pacific Northwest.

Worst-case scenarios show that more than 1,000 bridges in Oregon and Washington state could either collapse or be so damaged that they are unusable.

The main coastal highway, U.S. Route 101, will suffer heavy damage from the shaking and from the tsunami. Traffic on Interstate 5 — one of the most important thoroughfares in the nation — will likely have to be rerouted because of large cracks in the pavement.

Base camps will be set up for emergency responders coming in from across the country, planners say, as will areas for the distribution of critical supplies such as water, food, tents, blankets and medical supplies.

Transportable water purification systems and emergency communications units will be deployed.

Seattle, Portland and other urban areas could suffer considerable damage, such as the collapse of structures built before codes were updated to take into account a mega-quake. Specially trained urban search and rescue teams would be sent to look for survivors in the ruins of destroyed buildings.

Phelps said he has learned to live with the threat from the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Still, "it's a little unsettling to know that in five minutes I might have to grab that playbook and call the governor," among others.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/3b29b70ba1914aa483aebb280c967238/eme...

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