Washington tsunami refuges in National Geographic magazine

The February 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine includes a story about plans to build a tsunami refuge at Ocosta Elementary School in Westport, Washington. The story includes quotes from CREW member John Schelling (State of Washington) and mapped evacuation-modeling results from CREW member Nathan Wood (USGS).

New USGS Online Course – “A Practical Guide to Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest”

The USGS has posted a new online course titled “A Practical Guide to Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest”. The first part of the course provides an overview of the earthquake hazard in the Pacific Northwest and relevant recent earthquakes globally. ┬áThe second part summarizes tools available that facilitate earthquake response. The entire course can easily be viewed in about an hour. To view this, go to http://earthquakes.usgs.gov under “Featured Items” (click on item #4) on the right side of the webpage.

Evacuation potential in SW Washington communities from Cascadia tsunami hazards

A new article in the journal Natural Hazards documents variations in population exposure in coastal communities of Pacific and Grays Harbor counties to Cascadia-related tsunami hazards as a function of modeled pedestrian travel time to safety. Results suggest that successful evacuations may be possible in some communities assuming slow walking speeds, are plausible in others if travel speeds are increased, and are unlikely in another set of communities given the large distances and short time horizon. Communities can use these results to help prioritize tsunami risk-reduction efforts, such as education and training in areas where evacuations are plausible and vertical-evacuation strategies in areas where they currently are not.

More information can be found at http://www.springerlink.com/content/a6177520x5k6080t/ or by emailing the lead author at nwood@usgs.gov.