Western Washington University holds drill for “big one”

Western Washington University employees practiced patient triage and surveyed simulated building damage Tuesday morning, June 7, as part of a region-wide, four-day earthquake preparation exercise.

The drill, which began around 9 a.m., was part of Cascadia Rising, a series of exercises from Tuesday to Friday, June 10, that aims to prepare officials for “the really big one,” an imminent 9.0-magnitude quake that experts predict could kill and injure tens of thousands in Washington and Oregon.