Does your Portland Oregon Home Need Earthquake Insurance?
The last major earthquake event to hit the West Coast was the Northridge Quake of 1994, prior to that was the Lorma Prieta Quake of 1989. What Oregonians can learn from these earthquake events is that a loss due to earthquake is a very real exposure to think about. In Oregon it is not a question of if but a question of when.
A loss due to earthquakes are excluded under a traditional home insurance policy, the only way to have protection from a loss due to an earthquake would be as an endorsement to your home insurance. The earthquake insurance endorsement is going to cover physical loss to your home caused by an earthquake, this will also include land shock waves or tremors before, during or after a volcanic eruption.
As a homeowner you must assess these following questions:
How likely is an earthquake in Oregon?
How much damage would an earthquake inflict on you, your home and belongings?
How much can you afford to lose without having Oregon earthquake insurance or bolting your home to its foundation?
The Oregon Earthquake Insurance section will provide you with the following earthquake insurance basics: