If an earthquake breaks the ground in the Pacific Northwest, these groundbreaking products can help us respond to—or even avoid—the inevitable disaster predicted by the New Yorker

An article by Kathryn Schulz in this week’s issue of the New Yorker, titled “The Really Big One,” predicts that an 8.0 earthquake and tsunami will devastate the Pacific Northwest—and that the region is completely unprepared to respond to such a massive disaster.

Although residents of Washington and Oregon may not be aware of the full risks posed by the Cascadia subduction zone under them (a reality that Schulz’s article is undoubtedly changing), some agencies around the world are working on products and services that ensures these residents are prepared—whether the disaster strikes tomorrow or next century.

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