This is for people visiting or living on the coast of Oregon and Washington.
Are you in a tsunami zone? What about your friends? Is your route home in the zone?
I have been fascinated by this interactive map I found online. It shows predictions for the estimated maximum "splash zone" for a local tsunami for all of Oregon and much of Washington, overlaid on a Google map. I've checked out where I live, where my friends live, where I work and all the nearby towns. I didn't know there were designated assembly areas. I wonder how much supplies they have.
If you click the map and then choose a town and zoom in. It shows all of these things:
• ROADS and land that may be under water
• BRIDGES that may be collapsed – You won't believe how many bridges are in our towns. You don’t notice them.
• ASSEMBLY AREAS that are designated to help people – Good places to memorize before anything happens
• LAW ENFORCEMENT
• COAST GUARD
• FIRE STATIONS
• BEACH ACCESS
• CERTAIN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
In my town the coast guard, a couple fire stations and the airport will all be under water if we get a tsunami. That's not very comforting.
The website is made by NANOOS - the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems - 40 private and government groups that work together studying the ocean and the land and towns on the coast.
Go ahead, click the map.