The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and Oregon-based Dark Horse Comics have collaborated on a new comic book intended to teach children the importance of preparedness in case of a large-scale earthquake.

The 12-page "Without Warning" comic was released Aug. 20. It tells the story of a girl who lives on the Oregon coast trying to find her family after a major earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The book addresses what can happen in the aftermath of a major earthquake or tsunami. OEM officials say the scenario is a likely one, as a 9.0 or higher earthquake could hit the 600-mile subduction soon.

The comic can be downloaded onto mobile devices for free at Printed copies can be obtained through OEM. For more information, contact Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator Althea Rizzo at 503-378-2911 ext. 22237.