Tsunami preparation http://kplu.org en Did 2011 Japan tsunami change preparedness on our coast? http://kplu.org/post/did-2011-japan-tsunami-change-preparedness-our-coast <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/031113TB_Prepare_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan served as a wake up call for coastal residents and visitors on our shores. But two years later, it is hard to measure how much that disaster has changed tsunami readiness on the Pacific Northwest coast.<p>Althea Rizzo is the geologic hazards program coordinator for Oregon Emergency Management. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:15:47 +0000 Tom Banse 7937 at http://kplu.org Did 2011 Japan tsunami change preparedness on our coast? Quarter of Pacific NW tsunami buoys out of service http://kplu.org/post/quarter-pacific-nw-tsunami-buoys-out-service HONOLULU - One quarter (12 of 39) of U.S.-operated tsunami warning buoys in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are out of service. That includes the two tsunami detection buoys directly off the Pacific Northwest coast. But the warning system has some redundancy built in.<p>Normally, there’s a tsunami detection buoy anchored more than 200 miles off the mouth of the Columbia River and another roughly that far offshore of Coos Bay, Oregon. But both buoys broke from their moorings this winter and spring, probably because of storms. The earliest they’ll be replaced is September. Mon, 21 May 2012 20:29:26 +0000 Tom Banse 5050 at http://kplu.org Quarter of Pacific NW tsunami buoys out of service Coastal schools drill for tsunami, would rather relocate http://kplu.org/post/coastal-schools-drill-tsunami-would-rather-relocate SEASIDE, Ore. - A pair of U.S. Geological Survey studies counted 14 schools in Oregon and 48 in Washington that could be underwater after a major tsunami. Administrators and parents in some of those places are talking about relocating their vulnerable schools. The Seaside, Oregon school district has the largest number of students in the tsunami zone along the Oregon coast.<p>At 11 o'clock sharp, students at Seaside High School get the order to evacuate.<p>"Please leave the building directly. Do not go to your lockers. Do not stop for anything..." shouted the school's P.A. Fri, 04 May 2012 18:13:16 +0000 Tom Banse 4935 at http://kplu.org Coastal schools drill for tsunami, would rather relocate