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OSU receives grant to study quakes off Oregon Coast

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Oregon State University will receive more than $400,000 in federal funds to research how large earthquakes, like those that could strike the Cascadia Subduction Zone, would affect the western electrical grid.

“At a time that scientists are sounding the alarm about the potential for a devastating earthquake to one day hit Oregon and the entire West Coast, it’s vital to understand the risks of a quake of that magnitude, especially the possible effects on the electrical grid that keeps everything running,” said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “The more information we can gather ahead of time, the more local communities can prepare to respond in the face of disaster.”

The award from the National Science Foundation to OSU will provide $433,792 for the project “Earthquake Resilience of the Western Power Grid.”

University of Oregon recently received a U.S. Geological Survey grant for its ShakeAlert research, which is attempting to develop an early warning system for earthquakes along the coast.

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