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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON: NWPR

150720_r26752-865Oregon’s Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio introduced a bill Tuesday to fund an earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Northwest.

The system would trigger automatic shutdowns of trains, manufacturing lines, close bridges and evacuate students from unsafe schools.

DeFazio says the system could save thousands of lives in the case of a major earthquake and tsunami.

“This is something that is long overdue. Japan’s doing it. We have Chile doing it. Even Romania has an early warning system. But the idiots I work with in Washington D.C. say we can’t afford it. I tell you what. We can afford it and we need to do it,” says DeFazio.

The Pacific Northwest is in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Scientists predict a major earthquake to hit the region in the next 50 years.