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United States of America VIDEO-US in Path of Deadly Tsunami +Earthquake Hits LA

More than 100,000 on West Coast US in Path of Future Potentially Deadly Tsunami

  • Also in danger are over 400 public venues and dependent care facilities
  • Study estimates 77% of communities have the 15-25 minutes required to evacuate safely after an earthquake hits
  • Some communities in Washington, the most at-risk state, could increase chance of survival simply by walking faster
  • But certain communities along the coast are too far from high ground for a safe evacuation - no matter how fast they walk
  • They will need to build special evacuation structures instead
Daily Mail UK, 16 April 2015

More than 100,000 people on the coast of the Pacific Northwest are in the path of a potentially deadly tsunami that could be similar to the one in 2011 that ravaged parts of Japan.

The new study highlights the areas in Washington, Oregon and California that would require more time to successfully evacuate for higher ground in the case of the next natural disaster.
It calculated that 94,872 residents and 42,424 employees live within the tsunami hazard zones of the three states.
Also in danger are 486 public venues, 440 dependent care facilities and 2,314 businesses with a 'significant customer presence'.

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A tsunami evacuation route sign in Nehalem, Oregon, just one of the Pacific Northwest communities in the path of a potentially deadly tsunami that could be similar to the one in 2011 that ravaged parts of Japan

Seventy-seven percent of the communities lying in the risk zone are equipped with the kind of geography and location to allow them the 15 to 25 minutes required for successful tsunami evacuation after a large-magnitude earthquake hits.
And some communities can increase their chance of survival simply by walking faster.

According to the analysis, 21,562 residents, more than 50 percent of which live in Washington, would not have time to evade the tsunami's waves if they were walking on foot at 2.2 mph.
But if they adjusted their pace to 3.5 mph, the number of people at risk drops below 16,000.

And 90 per cent of the 20,000 people who live in the two communities most at-risk, Aberdeen and Hoquiam in Washington, could reach safety by just walking at a normal pace.
'Just by getting people to move faster, you can save thousands of lives,' Nathan Woods, US Geological Survey geographer and lead author of the study said.

Wood said these communities would most benefit by making sure residents have studied the best tsunami evacuation routes.
But there are the coastal towns who wouldn't have the time to evacuate on foot, no matter how fast they walk or run, according to the analysis, conducted by the US Geological Survey, the University of Colorado, Boulder and California State University, Sacramento.


This graph ranks the chances of the 73 communities considered to be in the tsunami danger zone for a successful evacuation. The third class is considered 'unlikely to have successful evacuations'

Washington communities Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, Pacific County and Long Beach, as well as Oregon town Seaside, are listed as 'unlikely to have successful evacuations'.

According to Wood, these specific communities need to instead work toward designing and constructing tsunami evacuation structures so that reaching higher ground isn't necessary.

But the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warns that successful evacuations are not guaranteed for any community - no matter where its located.

'Individuals still need to understand the threat, recognize signs of imminent waves and take self-protective action,' it concludes.

Wood told CBS News that any community on the coast of the Pacific Northwest was 'vulnerable to varying degrees' to a tsunami.

'Having a better sense of how a community is specifically vulnerable provides officials with the ability to develop outreach, preparedness, and evacuation plans that are tailored to local conditions and needs.'

NOAA Animation Shows How a Tsunami Takes Place


Area Just North of Los Angeles Hit by Magnitude 3.1 Earthquake Causing 'Sharp Jolt' to Densely Populated Valley

  • US Geological Survey said quake just before 9pm had depth of five miles
  • Was centered about four miles north of San Fernando near Interstate 210
  • Jolt was felt across San Fernando Valley and parts of Los Angeles County
Daily Mail, 16 April 2015

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake caused a sharp jolt to be felt across a well-populated area just north of Los Angeles.

The US Geological Survey said in a preliminary report that the quake with a depth of about five miles happened just before 9pm last night, according to the Associated Press.
It was centered about four miles north of San Fernando near Interstate 210.

The epicentre of the quake was around four miles north of San Fernando near Interstate 210, according to the US Geological Survey

The earthquake caused a 'sharp jolt' to be felt in the San Fernando Valley (pictured) north of Los Angeles

The jolt was felt widely in the San Fernando Valley and parts of northern Los Angeles County.
There was no reported damage or injuries and police and fire departments say there were no problems reported.

The quake came three days after a magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the west Los Angeles neighborhood of Baldwin Hills.
It happened around 9.17pm and reverberated across the city. Residents on social media described it as a 'quick jolt'.

Earlier in the day at 4.35pm a smaller 2.5 magnitude quake hit the same area.
That quake was initially reported as a 2.9 magnitude tremor, but was later downgraded by the US Geological Survey.

There were no reports of injuries or damages from either incident.
Los Angelenos are used to such small tremors, due to the city's positioning on several fault lines.
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