Oregon Coast Hosts Large Tsunami Drill

May 18, 2011

Authorities along the Oregon Coast – from Neskowin to Pacific City – are preparing for one of the largest tsunami drills in history.

Evacuation drill spokesman Jim Kusz says that people need to prepare in case a tsunami hits the coast, similarly to the way that people in Florida have drills for hurricanes.

Tsunami drill awareness has been more acute since the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. That tsunami hit Oregon, causing millions of dollars in damage.

The drill will span 15 miles, and authorities will use fire sirens to a set off the drill. Messages will be played telling people where to go to get to higher ground. Authorities hope to have a large attendance from nearby residents.

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