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Journal Article


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Volume 112, Number no.17, p.p.5354-55359 (2015)

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Bay City (Or.), coastal hazards, Coos Bay (Or.), Depoe Bay (Or.), Dunes City (Or.), earthquakes, environmental policy and law, Florence (Or.), Gold Beach (Or.), Lincoln City (Or.), Lincoln County (Or.), Newport (Or.), North Bend (Or.), Port Orford (Or.), Reedsport (Or.), Seaside (Or.), Tillamook (Or.), Toledo (Or.), tsunamis, Waldport (Or.), Yachats (Or.)


“We present an analytical framework for understanding community-level vulnerability to tsunamis that integrates population exposure, demographic sensitivity, and evacuation potential. We identify three types of communities along the US Pacific Northwest coast that are directly threatened by tsunamis associated with a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake: (i) demographically diverse with low numbers of exposed people, (ii) high numbers of exposed populations but sufficient time to evacuate, and (iii) moderate numbers of exposed populations but insufficient time to evacuate.“ (p.5354) The authors identified Seaside as the most vulnerable community on the Oregon Coast.