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Tsunami Threat Looms Over Pacific Northwest




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The Pacific Northwest needs to brace itself for a massive tsunami that will likely destroy homes, hurl cars against buildings, and threaten the lives of tens of thousands of people, experts say.

The northwest is due for a big earthquake-generated tsunami, just like the waves that slammed Samoa last month and the Indian Ocean in 2004.However, the region hasn’t adequately prepared for the deluge, said geotechnical engineer Yumei Wang, of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries in Portland.

Her proposal: Build a series of tsunami evacuation buildings up and down the coast.Wang has helped design a prototype for Cannon Beach, Ore., which is seriously considering building the first tsunami refuge in the United States.

via Tsunami Threat Looms Over Pacific Northwest : Discovery News.

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