NW University Creates Video Game to Boost Earthquake Preparedness
The Great is coming. Would you know what to do if an earthquake hit the Pacific Northwest?
A new video game, released Thursday ahead of International ShakeOut Day, can help you prepare for an earthquake or other natural disaster.
Fearing that people in the Pacific Northwest may be underprepared for earthquakes, a team of researchers from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon brainstormed an alternative form of media to target young adults, who they are often excluded from messaging campaigns.
Cascadia 9.0 is designed to make earthquake preparedness more enjoyable. The game’s name comes from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600-mile fault off the Pacific coast that has the potential to produce a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.
In the game, the player navigates emergency situations while traveling through a demolished city to find his dog, Tsu, who escaped after a violent earthquake. Along the way, the player must overcome the lack of drinking water, aftershocks and gas leaks.
Early results showed game participants felt more confident in dealing with some key earthquake-related challenges, such as finding and purifying water and having good sanitation. Cascadia 9.0 is available on Cascadia9game.org.
In recognition of International ShakeOut Day on Thursday, which aims to raise awareness about earthquake preparedness, officials in Washington are sharing resources to help people make a plan in the event of a natural disaster.
Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands for Washington, provided some tips for preparing for an earthquake.
To learn more about ShakeOut and to register, visit shakeout.org/washington.