May 2014 Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise

 Date and time: Wednesday, May 14th, 10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

Please carefully review  the following documents to understand the purpose of the exercise, what was seen during the exercise, and how to members actively participated.

 Exercise Scenario

The scenario for the spring 2014 OES State-Level exercise was a M9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.  A large Cascadia earthquake resulted in shaking and tsunami inundation that impacted California, Washington, Oregon and beyond, including British Columbia, Alaska, and Hawaii.  Situational awareness and rapid hazard assessment are essential to response and recovery efforts.  This scenario caused severe damage locally from ground shaking, and the resulting tsunami impacted an even wider area so researchers, scientists, and our partners travelled throughout the affected region. e.g. we work with the USGS and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, organizations that respond to earthquakes globally in addition to earthquakes in CA.  For anyone interested in damaging consequences of the earthquake in CA, they can contact the CA Earthquake Clearinghouse and we can assist them by providing data and helping to coordinate field activities/access.

How to Participate

There were a number of ways members participated in, or observed, the Clearinghouse component of the Cal OES Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami exercise and that will be used in future exercises.

1. Become a member of the California Earthquake Clearinghouse

If you have not yet already done so, visit the Clearinghouse website and sign up.  You will receive information and updates about all Clearinghouse preparedness and response activities

2. View On-line

The California Earthquake Clearinghouse invited members to observe the multi-agency, public-private 2014 Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise by watching Earthquake TV.   You could also tune in to hear the information sharing action narrated live, ask questions, and hear featured discussions with many of the Clearinghouse partners about sharing information through XchangeCore and the applications they are using to develop, share, and analyze earthquake information.

Webex participation  was available for May 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacific

  • Go to:
  • Enter meeting number: 747737497
  • Meeting password: XchangeCore2014
  • Teleconference: 1-855-462-5367
  •  Advance Set-up: WebEx will automatically set up Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting and test your browser by clicking here.

3. Participate virtually from your home or office

Review Joining the Clearinghouse Team and Clearinghouse SpotOnResponse User’s Guide.  You will find directions to access the Clearinghouse field data collection tool SpotOnResponse

and to learn how to contribute observations virtually and see information about the scenario earthquake being shared in real-time.

4. Visit a Clearinghouse location

For the May 2014 Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise there was a Clearinghouse location in both the Eureka Area and the Bay Area.

 Eureka Area – Clearinghouse partner Cascadia Geosciences will be hosted a Eureka Clearinghouse at College of the Redwoods.  Members were able to stop in to the Clearinghouse location between 9:30 and 1:00 to meet, and coordinate with, earthquake and tsunami field teams

Bay Area – Clearinghouse partner EERI hosted a Bay Area Clearinghouse location from 10:00 to 1:00.  EERI members tested out EERI field data collection tools and protocols  and they invite you to stop by to learn about EERI earthquake efforts in California through the Clearinghouse.

How to View Exercise Data

Review Participating in the Cascadia exercise with various software applications  to learn more.  See which data can be viewed in various platforms in the table below.



Data Exchange

SpotOnResponse Two-Way Interactive Create and Exchange Incidents, Observations, GIS
WebEOC Two-Way Interactive Create and Exchange Incidents
ArcGIS Online with Keystone Connector Two-Way Interactive Create and Exchange Incident, GIS
ArcGIS Online Webmap Observer View Only Incidents, Observations, GIS
ESRI Flex Viewer Observer View Only Incidents, Observations, GIS
Google Earth Observer View Only Incidents, Observations, GIS
Clearinghouse Website Observer View Only Incidents