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Portland holds earthquake walking tour

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Portland's Bureau of Emergency Management held an earthquake walking tour in downtown Portland on Wednesday.

The tour took place in a part of the city known for its dense collection of old buildings, some of which are considered very vulnerable if an earthquake strikes, city officials said.

Mayor Sam Adams took the opportunity to discuss those vulnerabilities and to talk about potential solutions.

The tour is part of the Portland Earthquake Project, which is meant to inform Portlanders about potential earthquake danger and encourage preparedness.

"This will be the first time in the city of Portland where every household will know where to go in the three to four most likely disasters," Adams said.

The Oregon coastline lies along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which could produce a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

The Burnside Bridge is the only bridge in Multnomah County that has been upgraded to better withstand such a powerful quake, according to city officials.

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