The effects of a major earthquake in Kitsap County could be catastrophic. Hundreds of residents could be injured or killed, and many left homeless. Depending on the time of day and year, a major earthquake could cause hundreds of injuries and deaths. Millions of dollars in infrastructure and private property damage are possible. A major earthquake could damage older buildings, especially those made of non-reinforced masonry. Newer structures, built with more recent building codes, would sustain less damage. But, these would remain vulnerable to the soil conditions of the building site. Expect to see severe damage to county and city utilities.
Movement of the ground in an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of injury or death. Most casualties result from falling materials. Other effects from a major earthquake include, but are not limited to: