SEASIDE — What lesson did the city learn from the Great Coastal Gale of 2007?
According to geologist Tom Horning, now a city councilor, while the threats of storms and those of earthquake are very different: but they both require planning. “What we learned was that the meteorologists were able to predict the storm two days in advance, with accuracy and following the exact path it took,” Horning said.
While damage was mostly limited to fallen trees and power lines, many homes were damaged, particularly those without strong reinforcement.
Powerful earthquakes will be the warning of an impending tsunami. Everyone should know that they will have only 20 minutes to evacuate to safety, Horning said. That adds to the urgency to have a viable safety strategy before the event happens.