Coast could get tsunami tower

Cannon Beach considers a $4 million evacuation tower to help people escape tsunamis.

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In the wake of catastrophic earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, Cannon Beach is considering building an evacuation tower to help residents escape the tsunamis triggered by quakes.

The $4 million tower would be the first of its kind for a U.S. community and would hold at least 1,000 people.

“It’s going to be distinctive,” said Jay Raskin, a former mayor and an architect who is leading the effort to get the tower built. “So people will know what it’s for.”

California is often perceived as the epicenter for earthquakes in the United States. Yet new scientific studies show that the Pacific Northwest — Oregon, Washington and parts of Northern California, British Columbia and Alaska — is at a greater risk of experiencing a catastrophic “great earthquake,” a giant rupture in the Cascadia Subduction Zone that could set the region shaking for as long as five minutes, from the sea to Seattle.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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