Members of the National Guard listen as State EOC supervisor Chris Utzinger reads messages about the latest details on a simulated tsunami during an earthquake and tsunami readiness drill, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Camp Murray, Wash. The four-day event, called Cascadia Rising, is built around the premise of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake 95 miles off of the coast of Oregon that results in a tsunami.
Lt. Col. Clayton Braun, of the Washington State Army National Guard, poses for a photo on Jan. 20 at Camp Murray in front of a slide showing areas in the state that could be affected in the event of a massive quake and tsunami.
Phone and internet service have collapsed. Ham radio operators living on the stricken coast fire up their radios, contact emergency managers and report on the magnitude of the disaster so that no time is wasted in saving lives.