June 8, 2015 | By Tracy Loew

A recent string of strong earthquakes off the Oregon Coast serves as a reminder that ‘The Big One’ is on the horizon.

To help residents be ready, Pringle Creek Community is hosting a free disaster preparedness presentation. The event also will address emergencies such as flooding, drought or a train derailment.

“Disaster is survivable. The key is being prepared,” said Kerry Fox, outreach coordinator for the 32-acre community, which focuses on nature and the environment.

The presentation, which is open to the public, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at Pringle Creek Community’s Painter’s Hall, 3911 Village Center Drive SE.

Roger Stevenson, emergency preparedness manager at the city of Salem, will present possible scenarios and share how to be prepared and how to react.

Nine earthquakes shook the seafloor about 300 miles west of Newport last week.

The quakes are considered normal seismic activity, and likely not connected to the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

But geologists warn that Oregon is due for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or greater. It would cause three to five minutes of shaking, followed 12 to 20 minutes later by a tsunami similar to the one that devastated east Japan in 2011.