State Geologist: “Don’t build the OSU Marine Sciences College Building next to HMSC. It’s in the Tsunami Zone.”
For the second time in the past year a geologist has urged that something big not be built in the Cascadia Subduction Zone Tsunami Inundation area. Earlier this year it was University of Oregon Marine Geologist Chris Goldfinger urging the Coast Guard to not approve construction of the Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas export facility near Coos Bay. He got nowhere. This week the State Geologist urged Oregon State University to not build their proposed Marine Sciences College Building on the Hatfield Marine Science Center grounds. Same reason. It’s in a tsunami inundation zone.
But as with the Jordan Cove project, the State Geologist is getting push back – in this case – from the university claiming the building could be built to withstand an over 40 foot tsunami and that “vertical evacuation,” as seen during Japan’s 2011 tsunami disaster, should do the job as long as building occupants can make it to the upper floors. However, that would involve a re-design of the building and a much bigger price tag to build it.
Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.