Want to know where to go if a tsunami hits? There's a map for that
COOS BAY, Ore. -- Want to know where to go if a tsunami hits? There's a map for that.
For the first time, the entire Oregon coast has been mapped to show were to go if a tsunami hits.
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries used laser technology to get accurate elevation readings for the maps.
They say a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hitting the coast of Oregon is not a matter of if, but when.
Emergency Management Manager Michael Murphy says if one hits, you can't just wait around for help. "We're in the window right now for that earthquake to happen," he said. "We plan routes, we show people where the safe areas are: Go inland. Go up. By looking at this map we can tell where the safe spots are, where they can just get out of the way. You can't stop a tsunami, you can't slow it down, you can't do anything with it. All you can do is get out of the way."
You can find the maps online here.