Southwest Washington Tsunami Inundation Hazard Maps
Newly Published: Southwest Washington Tsunami Inundation Hazard Maps
Washington State DNR released new Tsunami Inundation Hazard Maps for Southwest Washington on Monday, March 26th, 2018. These maps are a bit different than previous tsunami inundation mapping. Previous inundation mapping was based upon the last Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake from 1700 AD. This new study and modeling is based upon a simulated 2500 year event, from a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. This event produces a farther reaching tsunami inundation scenario.
Although the 2500 year event brings more tsunami inundation, the response from all people along the coast is the same.
Once you feel the earthquake, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON until the ground shaking stops and then move to high ground immediately, whether it is a multi-story home, business, tower, or up a hillside. DO NOT attempt to run from the interior of a building during the earthquake as it increases your chances for injury. Always wait until the ground stops shaking. Remember, there WILL be aftershocks. DO NOT leave your place of safe haven unless someone in authority tells you it is ok to leave. You should stay in place for at least 2 full tidal cycles. (nearly 24 hours)
** Aftershocks may produce additional tsunami waves in coastal areas
The first tsunami waves (a minimum of 4 are expected) will arrive within 15-25 minutes following the quake.
Wave heights along the beaches will vary depending on the bathymetry of the coastline however the amount and level of inundation is our greatest concern. WA State DNR provided Grays Harbor Emergency Management some approximate inundation depths for this 2500 year event for our coastal areas.
Screamin’ Eagle Campground: 45.1 ft.
Spinnaker Park: 28.5 ft.
Bill’s Spitt (Peninsula Ct SE): 4.7 ft.
Elks Lodge: 21.1 ft.
Point Brown Ave at E Chance a La Mer NE roundabout: 27.2 ft.
Westport Viewing Tower: 12.5 ft.
W Ocean Ave roundabout: 18.4 ft.
Westport City Park: 6.5 ft.
Beachcomber Grocery and Deli: 26.2 ft.
Security State Bank: 22.2 ft.
Areas of deepest on-land inundation
North Jetty (Ocean Shores): 67 ft.
Damon Point (Ocean Shores): 61 ft.
Ocean City: 57 ft.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
This is a model of a predicted event. There is a possible difference of +/- 30% to 40%, of the values in this study. Mankind has never been able to predict the timing of an occurrence, size of the earthquake or devastation caused by an earthquake and the possible resulting tsunami.
The modeling takes into account mean high tide and subsidence (4-6 feet). If we are at low tide when the tsunami arrive, the event will have a reduced impact, however, if we are at higher tides (King Tides, Higher Astronomical Tides), the event could have a greater impact.
For a large earthquake and tsunami event, such as this modeled event, there is the possibility of PREQUAKES, the main 9.0 Earthquake and hundreds of AFTERSHOCKS, some potentially capable of producing additional tsunami waves.
Your actions are exactly the same for any felt earthquake along the coast – MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND! The earthquake DOES NOT have to reach a magnitude 9.0 to produce a tsunami.
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THRU May 31st, 2018
Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.
ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.
To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!
ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION. ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION, and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
CITY OF OCEAN SHORES 2018
The City of Ocean Shores will hold its annual Spring Clean-up from April 24 through April 26, 2018 at the Public Works Shop. The Annual Spring Clean-up is intended for individual property owners, NOT for commercial dumping. Dumping is limited to one load per household, and proof of residency (i.e. – water bill, driver’s license, etc.) will be required before dumping.
No yard waste or brush cuttings will be accepted. No construction debris will be accepted.
No household garbage will be accepted.
‘ Refrigerator/freezers must be Freon free and without the compressor.
No automobiles, no hazardous waste, no paint, no waste oil, no vehicle tires.
_ Please separate cardboard from other items to be dumped.
Items may be brought to the City Shop between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM from April 24 through April 26, 2018.
The city will pick-up from citizens who have physical impairments if they call with their
request and locationprior to 12:00 PM, Thursday, April 26th
Please call the City Shop at
360-289-2824 or 360-581-0887.
Roadside Trash Clean Up
May 5 & 6, 2018
North Bay Park
Where E. Chance a La Mer Ave meets Albatross St
8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Thank you to:
City of Ocean Shores for providing support, coordination of collection and most importantly the personnel necessary to complete this project.
McDonald’s, IGA & North Beach Chamber of Commerce
What we need from you
Please come to North Bay Park and pick up your garbage bags or use your own if desired.
Please sign up for pre-designated roadside trash clean-up areas or be assigned when you arrive.
Please bring gloves if you have them. We have latex ones if you need.
Please volunteer as Area Leads & help by providing your pick-up trucks to collect from areas around the city and bring the trash to North Bay Park
Please clean-up your neighborhood and put out bags for picked up.
Contact: Pre-designated Areas & Area Leads
Molly High 360-500-7893 & email@example.com
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE OUR CITY BETTER!
McDonald’s Vouchers at drop-off!
1906 SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY
April 18, 1906 at 5:12am, a devastating earthquake (magnitude 7.9), jolted San Francisco. Although the tremblor only lasted for LESS THAN a minute, the entire city was destroyed. Fires burned for over 3 days. Accounts say as many as 3000 people perished during the quake and the days following the event. Over 200,000 people were left homeless.
The pictures in the link reveal the unbelievable destruction of the earthquake.
Could a similar event occur in the Pacific Northwest again? The possibility of a large earthquake occurring anywhere in the Pacific Northwest is high. It will happen, but we have no way of understanding when, where and how large an event it will be.
Preparing for natural disaster events is paramount for all families and individuals in the Pacific Northwest. Understanding the risk and hazard to all disaster events and implementing best practices to prepare for such events will help reduce the impact upon you, your family and community.
For information on disaster preparedness, please go to : http://cms5.revize.com/revize/graysharborcounty/departments/emergency_management/preparedness.php
Charles T Wallace, Deputy Director Grays Harbor County Emergency Management
(360) 964-1575 – office (360) 580-2281 – cell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 25, 2018
PUD Commissioner elected to Energy Northwest Executive Board
ABERDEEN – Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners President Arie Callaghan has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of Energy Northwest, a public power consortium formed by the state Legislature and based in the Tri-Cities. As a member of the 11-member Executive Board, Callaghan will oversee operations of Energy Northwest and work with the agency’s Executive Director.
“I appreciate the support of the Energy Northwest Board of Directors and look forward to working with the Executive Board and Executive Director in moving Energy Northwest forward,” said Callaghan.
A resident of Elma, Callaghan was first elected to the Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners in 2012 and was appointed to the Energy Northwest Board of Directors in 2014. In 2015 he was elected as the board assistant secretary; and in 2017 as board secretary. He will officially join the Executive Board on June 17.
Based in the Tri-Cities, Energy Northwest owns and operates four electricity generating facilities: the Columbia Generating Station nuclear energy facility in Richland, the Nine Canyon Wind Project, the Packwood Lake Hydro Electric Project and the White Bluffs Solar Station. Their Executive Board is made up of five member utility representatives, three gubernatorial appointees and three public sector representatives.
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For more information – Ian Cope, Communications Director (360) 538-6232