Oregon Legislature says, “OK, go ahead and build in the Tsunami Zone.” But keep your fingers crossed!
The Oregon Legislature has taken sides with those who bet there won’t be a horrific tsunami off the Oregon Coast anytime soon. They’re gambling that the coast will cheat the odds, if not fate itself, if new buildings and homes are built within the tsunami zone.
Trouble is, the Cascadia Subduction Zone produces a horrific earthquake off the coast of Oregon at fairly regular intervals, if you look at geological records. The last shaker was in 1700. So based on earthquake records, we’re more than somewhat “due.”
But of course it may not happen anytime soon, either, because over the past 10,000 years there were gaps occasionally wider than 350 years.
But the state legislature figured that there would be a big economic wound inflicted on the coast if residents and businesses didn’t build in the tsunami zone – a huge financial impact to property owners.
State lawmakers went with the “protect the economy” as the top priority. But will Governor Brown sign it? For more, click here.