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Beat The Wave Study:

When the next Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami occur, coastal residents and visitors will have 10-30 minutes to reach safety. Evacuation on foot will be the only means possible.


To be prepared, people will need answers to questions:


  • What are the most efficient roads and trails to take to reach safety?

  • How fast will people have to travel to beat the wave to safety?

  • Will the earthquake cause bridges to become impassable or activate a landslide that blocks an escape route?

  • If safe evacuation isn't feasible, what other preparations can be taken?

  • Remember, you may NOT be at home so what is your evacuation route while "on the go?"


You can view a short slide presentation here to learn more about the goals of Beat The Wave and the products produced from its findings.  The Beat the Wave results for Florence and Reedsport are available here if you are curious what the final report looks like for those towns.


The Lincoln City version of Beat the Wave was released in 2019.  A series of meetings were held in Lincoln City in November and December 2018 where Meg Reed (Coastal Shores Specialist, Department of Land Conservation and Development, and Lincoln City Sr. Planner Debora Nicholson along with Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mark Nicholson, presented the draft results of the Lincoln City version. 

Here are the links to the state and county Tsunami information sites:

Oregon Coastal Management Program - Tsunami Planning

Detailed, Neighborhood-Specific Tsunami Evacuation Maps

Roads End Map 1

Wecoma Map 2

Lincoln County

The good news is, aside from a few areas in Cutler City, it is possible for residents to reach safety without relying on bridges (which are likely to collapse) within the time needed to "beat the wave." 


Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) offers a LOT of Tsunami preparedness information on their website here.    

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