For some reason, that is not entirely clear, Valentines Day is the day scheduled to test Depoe Bay’s newly installed city-wide Tsunami Warning Siren System. The system was longed planned for and has finally been completed and Valentines Day is the day they’ll fire it up for a full blaring test.
The sirens will be used mainly for alerting residents of an approaching tsunami generated by some distant earthquake, coming from anywhere in the Pacific Rim; Alaska, Japan, Russia, Philippines, Chile, the usual sources of tectonic plate movement. In the event of an earthquake from our own Cascadia Subduction Zone just offshore, the earthquake itself will likely be the only warning sign we’ll get.
The system can also be used to broadcast pre-recorded or live voice announcements about extreme weather coming ashore, hazardous materials incidenta, large fires and other near-catastrophic emergencies.
The sirens are located:
* Highway 101 Right-of-Way – On the West Side of the Highway, and Approximately 18 Feet North of S.W. Oceana Street
* 212 South Point Street – City of Depoe Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant
* Winchell Street Right-of-Way – On the North Side of the Right-Of-Way, Approximately 60 Feet West of Bayview Avenue
* Sunset Street Right-of-Way – On the South Side of the Street, Approximately 30 Feet West of the Highway 101 Sidewalk
* Highway 101 Right-of-Way – On the East Side of the Highway, and Approximately 750 Feet North of Existing Lillian Lane
Happy Valentines Day!