Today major rehearsals by disaster officials, the emergency services, and military, are starting, in a bid to test how they will tackle with an overdue major earthquake that could strike anytime. The massive earthquake and tsunami readiness drill has been developed by the US government, military, and state and local emergency managers over several years to test if they are ready for what is expected to be the country’s worst ever natural disaster when it comes.

And it is a case of when, not if. The exercise from June 7 to 10 is called Cascadia Rising or even the “Doomsday Drill”. This is in reference to the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600-mile-long fault line off the west coast from Northern California to British Columbia. FULL REPORT