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Newport to hold tsunami evacuation drill Oct. 11

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 10th, 2012


South Beach evacuees cross Highway 101 on their way to ‘Safe Haven Hill’ during Newport’s 2011 tsunami drill. Another drill will take place Thursday at 10:18 a.m., which will close the Highway for about five minutes. Maryann Bozza, program manager for the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and organizer of the drill, said the goal in last year’s exercise was “to reach our actual evacuation point, which is the top of the hill at 85 feet, and build confidence in our staff that we can achieve 85 feet of elevation in 15 minutes.” “This year we’ll take the next step and throw in some obstacles, which are likely after a large earthquake,” Bozza said. “Evacuees may not be able to make a bee line for the top of the hill, so they need to be aware of alternate routes.” (File photo)


Growing awareness of the potential dangers of a major earthquake and tsunami has prompted Oregon State University and community leaders in the coastal town of Newport to expand the scope of their annual tsunami evacuation drill.

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