First responders use gigantic map to practice for potential 9.0 earthquake in Washington

Think of it as a big board game. The goal: try and get resources to western Washington following a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. — First responders preparing for a massive earthquake planned on repeating the 2016 Cascadia Rising exercise, complete with troop and machinery movements.

However, COVID-19 outbreaks in the fall caused the Federal Emergency Management Agency to downscale those plans for 2022.

So instead of helicopters and dispatchers, a group of 200 emergency officials, with another 500 online, participated in an exercise at Camp Murray with an oversized map of the Pacific Northwest.

Think of it as a

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