Eathquake musings

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

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Remember that show?  Often the adult challengers lost answering simple questions on history, math and other basic topics.  In a real “reality show” the kids in Seaside are beating the pants off the adults again.  The are starting a “Go Fund Me” campaign to move their schools out of the tsunami zone.    Check it out and help them out here:

Don’t Catch This Wave

How are the adults doing?  Well the people of Seaside rejected a bond measure to move the schools, Gold Beach is putting a hospital in the tsunami zone, and OSU and OMSI are putting schools in the tsunami zone.  Really, I’m not making this up.  Embarrassing.

Kids: 1  Adults: -4

Written by eqgold

January 8, 2016 at 5:08 am

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  1. Reblogged this on atquake and commented:

    On this 316th anniversary of the 1700 Cascadia earthquake, How are we doing locally? While lots of good things are underway to prepare, we also need to avoid potholes and bad decisions as well..



    January 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    • On the north Oregon coast, there have been notable efforts in the way of preparedness (new evacuation maps and signage have been produced and posted, a local emergency preparedness staff position was created in one of the cities, RARE students working for Clatsop Emergency Management are building the Teen CERT program in schools, public health departments and disability services are more engaged, Cascadia speakers are common at Science Pub talks and in the media, CPR and Wilderness First Aid classes are being offered and advertised as preparedness for Cascadia, more HAM radio operators were certified, low-tech sanitation sets and materials are now sold at a local store, etc.)

      That said, we are clearly not prepared “commensurate with the risk.” Efforts are piecemeal as opportunities emerge (mostly following the grant money which has pros and cons). An understandable but disappointing pothole was the County Commission “tabling indefinitely” any action relating to the Tsunami Hazard Overlay Zone proposal to add a tsunami layer to the comprehensive land use plan. People are generally supportive of goals like “avoid new development in tsunami inundation zones” and yet resist mightily the idea that deeds of properties be identified as such. We are on the leading edge of incorporating what we know about Cascadia into our everyday lives, and it is hard. The county also included into our Enterprise Zone designation several pieces of property located in the inundation zone. (While increasing development in inundation zones is generally unwise, some water dependent functions like port and maritime activities do need to be on the water. More thought needs to be given to which ones make sense.)

      Notable head-shakers include the aforementioned GoFundMe campaign to relocate Seaside schools. (Note: Seaside parents and residents love their children as much as the rest of us. The No vote in 2012, I truly believe, was a “Not Now” vote. Seaside had recently watched other communities receive federal grant support to move their schools, but that was not available to them at the time. They balked at unilaterally adding $400 per year to their property taxes to move the schools. Given the income (low) and demographics (older) this is understandable, but still heartbreaking.)

      While this is clearly a mixed bag of outcomes for 2015, I feel that a shift has happened in the hearts and minds of my coastal friends and neighbors. Most exhibit behaviors of resigned acceptance that we do face this threat. Not quite a tipping point, but maybe a tilting point!

      An analogy can be made with a person who has been diagnosed with diabetes. The PNW has been diagnosed with a condition called Cascadia. Like diabetes, we can live long and fulfilling lives if we do certain things. First, is to accept that we have the condition. This will not Go Away. There is no preparedness box large enough to check such that “we’re done.” This will need to be managed until the next event–and then we start over again. Given that understanding, we need to do some easier things (diet and exercise for diabetes; maps and assembly areas, say, for Cascadia) and some harder things (daily insulin shots for diabetes; re-locating/not-locating development in tsunami inundation zones for Cascadia).

      Thanks to Chris and everyone on campus at OSU, and beyond, for providing research based evidence of our circumstances. We are the first generation since western settlement to KNOW of our risk of earthquakes and tsunamis. We are the ones who’s leadership and determination will be considered by later generations. We can do this. We can align our behavior with what we know will occur. Talk about living on the edge…


      Patrick Corcoran

      January 26, 2016 at 10:33 pm

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