Initial reports from Safe Haven Hill, a designated Tsunami Evacuation Site, indicate that over 200 people from the Hatfield Marine Science Center and from both NOAA facilities made the trek from their work sites to the hill. Safe Haven Hill is located immediately west of the south end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Reports say that all 200 managed to “hoof it” to the hill and climb it. However, it was also reported that a KEZI TV (Eugene) news reporter was groggy on her feet near the end of the trek and received some minor medical attention. She told onlookers that she hadn’t eaten anything today which may have affected the way she felt.
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Newport is in the process of trying to acquire federal funds to prepare Safe Haven Hill to receive hundreds of people who would be expected to leave their businesses, work places and residences after an earthquake and climb the hill ahead of an impending tsunami. Today’s drill was the first official formally organized South Beach area drill other than one held on an informal basis earlier in the year.