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Orange County is Tsunami-Ready

National Tsunami Awareness Week will have some cities practicing walk-out drills this week.

USGS image illustrates maximum current speeds in knots for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach generated during a tsunami scenario.
USGS image illustrates maximum current speeds in knots for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach generated during a tsunami scenario.
It's National Tsunami Awareness Week, a time when the government and police agencies remind the communities to take measures to prepare for a tsunami.

The National Weather Service has certified 165 sites as "Tsunami Ready," including Orange County, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach. 

The state of California, Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) and the Orange County Emergency Management Division will be taking an active role in promoting public education and awareness about tsunami preparedness, according to a press release from the city of Seal Beach.  

March 27 is the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska earthquake and tsunami, which caused 139 deaths.  To bring awareness to the danger posed by tsunami’s the state of California is encouraging all affected municipalities to participate in a “Tsunami WalkOut.”  

“Tsunami WalkOut” is a phrase meant to represent a tsunami evacuation drill; similar to the term “ShakeOut” for the earthquake preparedness campaign. This is a state-wide initiative as part of a tsunami preparedness drill.  

To be considered a Tsunami-ready community, the government requires a variety of criteria be met.  They are: 

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive tsunami warnings and alert the public
  • Promote public readiness through community education and distribution of information
  • Develop a formal tsunami plan, which includes holding emergency exercises
  • Comply with TsunamiReady guidelines 
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Robin Young March 24, 2014 at 03:37 PM
You are joking right? San Onofre Nuclear reactor has zero seawall. Not even as much as Fukushima had. And it still has all it's nuclear rods in it. And Edison says maybe 60 years to decommission. The danger is high. We could replay uncooled rods really easily here.
Penny Arévalo March 24, 2014 at 03:39 PM
The National Weather Service link in the story lists SONGS as a "TsunamiReady Supporter.""
phil March 24, 2014 at 04:06 PM
tell the teacher we're surfin!!!!!

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