Tsunami Hazard Zones

While life on the Oregon Coast can be carefree and relaxing, a sobering reality is that much of it lies in tsunami hazard zones. It’s common for hotels and motels around the world to display fire evacuation maps in each room. On the Oregon Coast they go further by providing maps to safety zones on higher ground should a tsunami head towards land.

While driving on the scenic Highway 101 you’ll pass numerous signs telling warning that you’re entering tsunami hazard zones.

For someone like me, with a nervous disposition, these make your stomach momentarily feel like it has dropped to your toes.

And signs like the following, signalling that you’re leaving tsunami hazard zones, make you feel like everything in the world is good again.

These signs serve as an important reminder up and down the coast of a catastrophic tsunami that happened during the 18th century (zoom in to read).

While the signs drag me onto an emotional roller coaster that I’d rather not be on, I do like this little tidbit that I learned..

Stay safe, folks!

Bonne journée!


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