County kicks off tsunami awareness campaign
LINCOLN COUNTY — Imagine a near shore earthquake violently shakes your house at 4 a.m., signaling that a tsunami is at that very moment racing toward the coast.
Are you in a tsunami zone? Do you know the evacuation route to higher ground and safety? Can you get there in the dark when there are downed power lines and darkened streetlights?
State and local officials kicked off a month-long tsunami awareness campaign Wednesday, May 1 to answer those question and more.
At the heart of the campaign are new tsunami inundation maps, the culmination of a four-year mapping and outreach project between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).
Twelve new maps cover the most populated Lincoln County areas from Lincoln City south to Yachats. The three-color maps show inundation zones for a distant tsunami (orange), a local tsunami (yellow) and safe zones (green) and evacuation routes to assembly areas.For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.
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