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The Big One hits. Where are you? 'Think about how much time we spend in our bedroom'

Cascadia Subduction Zone (USGS)

EUGENE, Ore. - When a massive Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake rocks the Pacific Northwest, where will you be?

Erica Fischer says it’s likely the Cascadia earthquake could happen while you are at home.

Or even in bed.

"We think about how much time we spend in our bedrooms, right?” said Fischer, Assistant Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. “It's almost eight hours a night, you know? So, it's a significant amount of time.”

The big concern for homeowners in this scenario: does you refuge become a trap?

The devastation here could resemble the recent earthquake in Mexico City.


What is the Cascadia Subduction Zone?

By now, you've probably heard a lot about the Cascadia Subduction Zone: a 700 mile long fault line that stretches from British Columbia south to Northern California.

FEMA states this fault line has the potential to produce a monster of an earthquake at a magnitude 9.0 - followed by a tsunami in coastal communities.

RELATED | 'Thousands will be killed or injured and Oregon will suffer $32 billion in damage'

It’s what many refer to as “The Big One.”

Scientists say it's not only likely - but inevitable.

TIPPING POINT | Is your home prepared for 'The Big One'? Special report #LiveOnKMTR NBC 16 Monday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m.

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