The Big One

The Portlander's Guide to Surviving the Big One

Are you ready for the Cascadia Subduction Quake? From incinerating toilets to tsunamis, here's your seismic handbook.

02/02/2018 By Portland Monthly Staff

The Big One: Be Prepared

The Portland Earthquake Survival Kit

We should prepare to spend at least one week off the grid. (Maybe six months.) Get ready for your most rustic staycation ever!

02/02/2018 By Portland Monthly Magazine

The Big One

The Big One Is Coming. What Will Happen to Portland?

The Northwest is long overdue for a devastating earthquake. Here’s what to know.

02/02/2018 By Randy Gragg With Sarah Hutchins

Earthshakers

Two Types of Quakes Bigger Than the Big One

In the Pacific Northwest, your world is far more likely to be rocked by these bad boys.

05/15/2017 By Meagan Nolan

Science

The Big One Just Got a Little More Likely

Major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes occur more often than we thought.

08/05/2016 By Marty Patail

GEAR UP

This Humble Backpack Could Save Your Life When the Big One Hits

It's actually a 72-hour survival kit.

07/08/2016 By Claire Colby

BOOKS

Alexis Smith on Her New Post-Earthquake Mystery

The Glaciers novelist shakes things up.

05/19/2016 By Fiona McCann

GEAR UP

How to Survive the End of the World (or The Big One)

This guide teaches you how to live through, say, the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

08/03/2015 By Marty Patail

URBAN FUTURES

What Will Portland Be Like After a Massive Earthquake?

A bracing preview of how the city will recover from the Cascadia Subduction Zone quake.

01/19/2015 Edited by Zach Dundas

BE PREPARED

The Big One: A Northwest Earthquake Survival Guide

The Cascadia Subduction Quake is coming. How bad will it be? Bad. (Maybe the worst natural disaster in US history.) Can we prepare? YES!

07/01/2014 By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Nomad With Peter Holmstrom

The Big One: Insider Tips

10 Ways to Survive an Earthquake in Portland

Carmen Merlo, former director of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management, argues that being ready for the Big One is as much about connection as stockpiles. But don’t forget to pack some chocolate.

06/16/2014 By Carmen Merlo