Started by majorhavoc, February 07, 2022, 08:27:58 PM
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QuoteOCEAN SHORES, Wash. — The 350 children at Ocean Shores Elementary School have practiced their earthquake survival plans, dropping under desks to ride out the convulsions, then racing upstairs to the second floor to await the coming tsunami.Unless something changes, their preparations will most likely be futile.The Cascadia fault off the Pacific Northwest coast is poised for a massive, 9.0-magnitude earthquake at some point, scientists say, a rupture that would propel a wall of water across much of the Northwest coast within minutes. Low-lying coastal neighborhoods in Washington, Oregon and Northern California would be under 10 feet or more of water, with the elementary school in Ocean Shores, Wash., facing an inundation that could be 23 feet deep.The second-floor refuge students rush to in their drills stands 13 feet off the ground — in a structure that was not built to withstand a raging tsunami in the first place."The fact of the matter is that if a tsunami occurs tomorrow, we are going to lose all of our children," said Andrew Kelly, the superintendent of the North Beach School District, which includes Ocean Shores.