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Oregon Gets $350K For Coastal Community Tsunami Preparedness

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017 11:02 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s been awarded $350,000 by the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program to increase resilience in coastal communities.

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Tsunami Debris Continues Delivering Invasive Species To The West Coast

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 29, 2017 9:10 a.m.

New research shows nearly 300 species have traveled on debris rafts across the Pacific Ocean.

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Trees Cleared As Seaside Schools Eye Move Out Of Tsunami Zone

Daily Astorian | July 5, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Seaside, Oregon

The breathtaking view from the new campus is not only a reminder of life on the coast, but the earthquake and tsunami danger that prompted the move to higher ground.

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What The Northwest Could Learn From Japan's Eco-Friendly 'Smart Homes'

OPB/EarthFix | May 22, 2017 6 a.m.

Japan's "smart homes" combine solar panels, electric cars and batteries not only to save energy but also to supply their own power when disaster strikes.

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A New Tsunami Survival Option Arrives In The Pacific Northwest

Northwest News Network | Jan. 23, 2017 5:30 a.m.

A new tsunami survival option in the form of a bright orange, high-strength flowing survival capsule has landed in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Long Beach, Washington, Unveils Design For Tsunami Safe Haven

Northwest News Network | Dec. 13, 2016 4:33 p.m.

Many townspeople and visitors in Long Beach, Washington, likely couldn’t reach high ground in time to escape a tsunami. So the city is moving ahead with a plan to bring high ground to them.

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Oregon Coastal Conference Focuses On Tsunami Preparedness

OPB | Dec. 7, 2016 4 p.m. | Portland

Emergency management experts are meeting on the Oregon coast this week to discuss tsunami preparedness.

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Seaside Voters Back Bond To Move Schools From Tsunami Zone

Daily Astorian | Nov. 9, 2016 11:47 a.m. | Seaside, Oregon

Seaside School District voters said a resounding “yes” Tuesday to a $99.7 million bond to move three schools out of the tsunami inundation zone.

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Seaside Approves Bond Measure To Get 4 Schools Out Of Tsunami Zone

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Portland

The Seaside School Board unanimously approved a bond measure Thursday to build a new campus outside the tsunami zone.

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Brown Withdraws Earthquake Resilience Officer Nominee

Portland Tribune | Feb. 11, 2016 3:05 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Legislators created the position in 2015 to oversee and centralize policy guidance of the state’s plan for reducing risks and improving recovery from the next catastrophic Northwest Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and potentially corresponding tsunamis.

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Healing After The Tsunami

OPB | Nov. 30, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett explored the spiritual and emotional aspects of Japanese life after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Do Firearms Belong In Emergency Preparedness Kits?

OPB | Aug. 14, 2015 12:30 p.m.

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Washington National Guard Prepares For Earthquake

AP | June 17, 2015 8:57 a.m. | Camp Murray, Washington

More than 1,000 Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen are practicing their ability to respond to a potential earthquake and tsunami.

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A Visual Guide To Emergency Supplies Everyone Needs

OPB | May 4, 2015 midnight

Preparedness experts recommend that residents of disaster-prone areas have supplies available to remain self-sufficient in the days and weeks after an event like a megaquake.

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Preparing Your Home For A Megaquake

OPB | May 4, 2015 midnight

Surviving a megaquake in the Northwest is about more than having enough food and water. In the moments after the shaking stops, treating injuries and finding a safe shelter are paramount.

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Q&A: A Japanese Mayor On Tsunami Response Lessons For Oregon

OPB | March 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Jin Sato, mayor of Minamisanriku, Japan, was one of only 10 people to survive when the March 11, 2011, tsunami surge engulfed the three-story disaster prevention center where he was working. He discussed the lessons the community of Minamisanriku has learned as they’ve worked to recover from the disaster that upended their lives four years ago.


4 Years Later, Japan's Earthquake Still Offers Lessons For Oregon

OPB | March 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch, who was among a handful of Oregonians who visited Japan shortly after the March 2011 disaster, joined OPB's Geoff Norcross to discuss what she learned.

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How Powerful Is A 9.0 Earthquake?

OPB | March 9, 2015 9:31 a.m.

While there are many lessons Oregon can take away from the massive earthquake that struck Japan in 2011, one of the most basic is just how much more energy is released during a 9.0 compared to lesser magnitude earthquakes.

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OPB's Coverage: March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake

OPB | March 3, 2015 midnight

A roundup of news from OPB after the March 11 earthquake in the Pacific off Japan.

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Japan Earthquake Holds Lessons For Oregon Coast

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015 8:45 p.m. | Kadonowaki, Japan

Advanced engineering and a location just outside of the tsunami zone allowed the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital in Japan to survive the 9.0 magnitude earthquake of March 11, 2011.