"We're definitely not ready for that earthquake," said Leon Kempner, the Bonneville Power Administration's principal structural engineer.
But the BPA
and other government agencies are taking steps.
The power agency is in the process of anchoring all of its more than 300 high-voltage transformers west of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington, for more than $4 million.
is concerned that earthquake shaking could liquefy land beneath high-voltage transmission towers, toppling them and yanking down more towers and dropping cables into the Columbia and Willamette.