Amateur radio operators practice response to major earthquake

EUGENE, Ore. - Scientists believe the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of Oregon is due for a magnitude 9 earthquake.

When the Big One hits, most forms of communication will likely be lost, except one: amateur radio.

There are around 1,000 amateur radio operators in Oregon who are specially trained to support emergency response efforts.

Many of them are retired law enforcement or engineers with their own equipment to establish lines of communication.

On Saturday, the biggest statewide emergency communications exercise will take place. Hundreds of amateur radio operators and medical facilities around the state are expected to participate in a worst case scenario drill.

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