Tsunami

No Miracle that 99.8% of the schoolchildren survived the tsunami.

Almost all the elementary and junior high school children of Kamaishi,  a small coastal town in Iwate, managed to survive the tsunami.  Many people said it was a miracle, but it wasn't.  The response capabilities they learned at school helped them to overcome a disaster that exceeded all worst-case scenarios.

New Japan Tsunami Evacuation Report

Following the tragic 3.11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, New Zealand’s GNS Science in collaboration with Washington State Emergency Management and other stakeholders set out to further analyze the successes of the evacuation and messaging approaches used in this event. A key element of this research was to investigate both traditional tsunami evacuation strategies used in communities, schools, etc.

Japan Tsunami Fuels Sense of Urgency in Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach has been proactive on preparing for earthquakes, with a vital emergency preparations committee, leadership and citizens. Cannon Beach recently completed 2 important studies,  one on geotechnical conditions which confirmed weak soils at the existing city hall location, and another on tsunami evacuation simulation.

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