PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) - Employees at Portland, Oregon's Bonneville Power Administration headquarters took turns experiencing a magnitude 8 earthquake Tuesday, to teach them how to be prepared for the worst.
Bonneville wanted employees to learn first-hand how dangerous an earthquake could be and how to prepare for one.
BPA officials said the more their employees are prepared, the more likely they will be to return to work after an earthquake and help get power up and running to customers.
"It was very intense. The thought that ran through my mind was, 'Where are my kids? Where are my dogs?' Everybody's going to be very stressed and not prepared. It will definitely motivate me to go home and talk about what we will do," said BPA employee Tina Weber.
Geologists have estimated there's about a 40% chance that a magnitude 8 or higher quake will hit the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years.