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Oregon Sea Grant workshops expand coast-wide to help communities learn about tsunami safety and practice evacuation

Scientists say there’s a 30 percent chance of a massive earthquake and tsunami striking the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years. Photo credit: Tiffany Woods | Oregon Sea Grant

One way coastal residents and visitors can prepare for a potential earthquake or tsunami is to learn evacuation routes. Oregon Sea Grant organized workshops bringing educators, state parks personnel, researchers and emergency management experts together to discuss how to help communities prepare for a tsunami through the creation of Tsunami Quests: fun, clue-directed hunts that teach people how to respond to an earthquake or tsunami while walking an evacuation route. Following the workshops, participants created four new Tsunami Quests, all of which are engaging the public and student groups. These quests were published in the latest edition of the “Oregon Coast Quests Book”, of which more than 800 copies have been distributed since December 2018.

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