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Geologist offers Seaside advice from 2007 storm

By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 1, 2017 12:01AM

Billboard down in south Seaside after the storm of 2007.

Tom Horning

Billboard down in south Seaside after the storm of 2007.

Trees down in Seaside after the 2007 storm.

Trees down in Seaside after the 2007 storm.

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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.



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