Happy Summer Solstice, all y’all? Heh, all I know is that it’s supposed to be the day of the year with the longest daylight hours. I won’t say it’s the longest day of the year, because, as we all know, that is a rather subjective concept.
Anyhoo, enjoy this lovely video of Alaska during summer solstice.
This is our daily open thread — Brace yourselves for summer…
Summer is quickly coming to an end. Before the blue skies give way to grey, we decided it was time to get that one last fun summer event in by going to the Oregon coast. This was my first trip to the Pacific Ocean and of course, I had to spend some time in the 60 degree water which didn’t bother me at all. We spent a few days at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon. It’s just one of many beaches where big rocks stand tall in the surf.
There was a sign in the rental unit that stated that we were in a tsunami hazard zone. That was not comforting. As we returned home, we drove along the coastal highway, number 101. We passed through several towns that had the same tsunami warning and some towns indicated that they were a “tsunami prepared community”. Right. A warning siren goes off and everyone has 5 minutes to get to higher ground.
When a tsunami strikes the Oregon coast – as many have before and will again – the merciless wall of water could loom far higher and rush farther inland than anything coastal communities have planned for.
That unsettling realization comes from new computer simulations of the way the earth and water would behave during a severe offshore quake, based partly on lessons from the deadly tsunami that roiled the Indian Ocean in 2004. The tsunami there, which killed nearly a quarter of a million people, towered close to 100 feet high in places – more than twice what scientists pictured when they first drew tsunami hazard maps for Oregon coast communities.
The undersea rift, or subduction zone, that triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami – among the deadliest natural disasters in history – is almost identical to the one that lies quietly off Oregon. And that raised the question: Could a tsunami like that hit Oregon and the rest of the West Coast?
The answer is yes, according to new projections of how an earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Oregon coast would send a tsunami ashore at Cannon Beach.
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