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  • Tsunami Evacuation Route Sign - Could a Tsunami happen in the Pacific Northwest?

    If you enjoy vacationing at the Beaches on the Pacific Northwest coast, be aware of the potential warning signs for a Tsunami. As we learned in the post, Tsunami-Like waves Hit New Jersey, three people were swept into the ocean. Also, the devastating Tsunami that hit Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka in 2004 took the lives of many.

    From these events we learn, if ever a tide drops, get to high ground immediately because it will roar back with a vengeance and you can’t outrun it. But how do these events relate to vacationing in the Pacific Northwest?

    Researchers at National Geographic believe that the rupture of the Cascadia Fault line in the Pacific Northwest in 1700 may have created a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that same year. According to the New York Daily News, reports from seismologists suggest that geologically, “Oregon and Japan are mirror images.”

    The similarity of these two regions has caused the Oregon legislature concern after the devastating effects of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. Since history has indicated that the fault lines of Japan and the Pacific Northwest are linked, the Oregon legislature believes that a large magnitude earthquake in Japan could potentially create an earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. For centuries, Native American tribes located along the coast have passed down oral histories illustrating the impact of the 8.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated regions of Oregon, Washington, California, and British Columbia in 1700.

    Currently, the Oregon legislature is trying to get Oregon residents to prepare for a potential natural disaster. Many seismologists believe that an earthquake and tsunami of the same magnitude as the 1700 quake is long overdue and will affect the Pacific Northwest again. However, the legislature realizes that they have a long way to go to adequately prepare its citizens for a potential earthquake of this magnitude.

    Many areas in the Pacific Northwest are working on getting their buildings up to code. However, Maree Wacker, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Oregon, believes that while the state is making great preparations for its citizens, “Oregonians as individuals are underprepared.”

    Although the potential date of the rupture of the Cascadia Fault line is uncertain, now is the time to prepare for the potential dangers associated with a major earthquake and tsunami. Create emergency plans and have emergency supplies on hand (such as emergency kits and food storage). Remain informed on updates and news related to these potential natural disasters.

    For more information on Tsunami and Earthquake preparedness:

    http://beprepared.com/insight/6880/earthquakes/

    http://beprepared.com/blog/4819/get-ready-to-shake-out-free-download-about-earthquake-preparedness/

    To read more about amazing the history of the Cascadia Fault Line check out these links:

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1208_031208_tsunami_2.html

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/report-chilling-forecast-northwest-quake-article-1.1289429

    http://www.oregongeology.com/sub/earthquakes/oraltraditions.htm

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Tsunami warning sign

    In mid-June, tsunami-like waves hit the New Jersey shore, sweeping at least three people into the ocean.

    The event occurred in close conjunction with a weather system labeled by the National Weather Service as a low-end derecho which propagated from west to east over the New Jersey shore just before the tsunami. It is also possible that the slumping at the continental shelf east of New Jersey played a role. The tsunami was observed at over 30 tide gauges and one DART buoy throughout the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean.

    Read more here: http://oldwcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/previous.events/06-13-13/index.php

     

    Tsunamis can come unexpectedly and very quickly, and the first wave is not always the largest in a possible series of several waves. Tsunami waves can travel as fast as 500 miles per hour and can raise water levels as much as 100 feet. If you live or vacation on an island or in a coastal location:

    • learn what the tsunami warning alarms sound like (it will likely be similar to one of these)
    • know what the signs of a tsunami are
    • sign up for earthquake and tsunami alerts on your cell phone
    • have a plan for evacuating to high ground in case of a tsunami warning
    • follow suit if the locals start running for the hills

     

    In a nutshell: If the tide ever drops suddenly, get to high ground immediately, because it will roar back with a vengeance and you cannot outrun it.

     

    The most damaging tsunami is history was the 2004 tsunami that affected Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other countries. Over 200,000 people died and many more were injured in that tsunami alone. Footage from the 2004 tsunami was caught on camera by several individuals and compiled into a documentary for BBC Channel 4 (Directed by Janice Sutherland). Links to the film are below.

    Please note: Much of this footage contains graphic and disturbing material, and there is profanity throughout. Please use caution when viewing, especially with children nearby.

    Tsunami Caught on Camera - Part One

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Two

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Three

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Four

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Five

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Six

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Seven

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Eight

     

    Learn more about tsunamis at the NOAA Tsunami page.

    Also download and review this helpful Tsunami brochure produced by UNESCO.

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