Past Meetup

Cascadia Earthquakes: Reality, Risks, and Improving Resilience

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Alberta Rose Theater

3000 NE Alberta Street · Portland, OR

How to find us

This event is also open to the public, but there will be a designated area inside for Meetup Members to get together at 6:30pm. Look for the Meetup sign.

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Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm.

Meet inside the theater at 6:30pm to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign.

Location: Alberta Rose Theatre (, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR

Cost: $15* general admission, $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Buy Online ( or at the Alberta Rose box office

Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You must either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door.

Food & Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.

Event Description:

The Pacific Northwest is due for a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami would likely produce an unprecedented catastrophe much larger than any disaster the state of Oregon has ever faced. Oregon’s resilience to earthquakes is low, thus, preparing for a catastrophic disaster to become more resilient is needed to improve personal safety and safeguard communities and businesses. At this Science on Tap, Yumei Wang, geotechnical engineer at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), will discuss Oregon’s earthquake setting, expected impacts from a Cascadia earthquake and how Oregonians are preparing for “the really big one.”

Yumei Wang focuses on building resilience to natural hazards and earthquake risk management, including on schools, emergency response facilities and critical infrastructure. She provides support to the Chief Financial Office at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services on long range resilience planning, serves on the Board of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup, and has been an advisor to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), to the National Academies liquefaction committee, as well as co-led post-earthquake damage assessments on the 2011 Tohoku, Japan and 2010 Maule, Chile. Wang has been a guest on PBS NewsHour, been interviewed by The New York Times, and appeared in documentaries produced by Oregon Public Broadcast, NOVA, National Geographic, and Discovery. Wang served as a U.S. Congressional Fellow in Washington DC. She is the recipient of the 2018 Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction.

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*A note on the ticket price: We at Science on Tap are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn. If the ticket price is a hardship for you, please write to us at [masked] and we’re happy to provide reduced-price tickets to those who request them.