Northwest mega-earthquake drill underway

(KING) Emergency management agencies across the Pacific Northwest are taking part in a massive earthquake and tsunami drill.

The four-day event, called Cascadia Rising, begans Tuesday.

Federal officials say about 20,000 people will be involved in the disaster drill, representing various federal agencies, the U.S. military, and state and local emergency response managers from Washington, Oregon and Idaho, Native American tribes and emergency management officials in British Columbia.

Patrick Knouff, Emergency Management Specialist for the Olympia Fire Department, said more than just first responders can learn from Cascadia Rising. He hoped the earthquake exercise will remind the general public to be prepared as well.

“This area is going to be in complete chaos,” said Knouff.

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