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How your Oregon Earthquake Insurance Works

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’s not a question of if an earthquake will strike 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 or separate earthquake insurance policy. The earthquake insurance endorsement or policy is going to cover physical loss to your home caused by an earthquake, which 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?

Learn more about Oregon Earthquake Insurance:

 Oregon Earthquake History & Recorded Seismic Events

 Oregon Earthquake Fault Zones

 Oregon Earthquake Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

 Earthquake Retrofit Requirements for Insurance

 Oregon Earthquake Preparedness Resources & Links

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As an insurance broker I help individuals throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest manage risk.