Geological hazards are natural events that occur from the earth's crust or involve large movements of land. The following hazards are may impact the City of Bothell: 

  1. Earthquakes
  2. Landslides
  3. Flooding
  4. Volcanoes

stop,drop and Cover

Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning, at any time of day or night and cause widespread damage and injuries. Washington has the 2nd highest risk of earthquakes in the United States making our community very susceptible to this geological hazard. That's why it is so important to be prepared. Make an emergency plan, build a emergency kit, and acknowledge that infrastructure may no longer be operational:

  • Have enough supplies to last two weeks.
  • Check if you live or work in a liquefaction in area. 
  • Seismically safeguard your home.
    • Secure furniture
    • Water heater
    • Wall décor

Remember, when you feel the earth shaking, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table and cover your neck with one arm, and hold a table leg with the other to ensure your protection does not move. It is not recommended to take shelter under a door frame. Contrary to popular belief, door frames do not provide enough protection. 

Bothell is not a risk for tsunamis. 

Earthquake Resources