Seattle has recently witnessed rapid growth as it attracts major internet and technology companies to its city. Economic expansion has also brought with it transportation congestion and an increase in inequality, including a lack of affordable housing and disproportionately poor health and educational outcomes for the city’s neediest citizens.  The City is tackling these issues through efforts like Seattle’s Equity and Environment initiative, which works to improve access to government by building capacity with communities of color and improving the capacity of city staff to work with underserved communities to ensure greater economic and racial equity.

Earthquakes are Seattle’s greatest disaster risk; in 2005, a model of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake estimated more than 1,600 fatalities and $33 billion in damages. Seattle has approximately 1,100 unreinforced masonry buildings which are the most likely to collapse in earthquakes. Retrofitting these buildings is a significant expense and making them safe without displacing residents is a major policy challenge. Exacerbating the impact of a potential earthquake, damage would likely concentrate in the city’s lower income areas.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Landslide
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Water Insecurity

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