Gearhart responds to tsunami threat

Tsunami evacuation map.

City Administrator Chad Sweet and Police Chief Bowman were alerted of a possible threat and arrived at Gearhart City Hall around 2 a.m., Mayor Matt Brown said in a city blog post.

They began their emergency protocols and got their call lists together ready to go all the while monitoring the situation closely out of Alaska, Brown said. From the information available they determined there was no credible threat for a tsunami here.

Seaside and Gearhart’s warning sirens are a connected system and the Seaside emergency managers determined there was no threat to the area and decided not to sound the alarms. The city continued to monitor the situation in case any information changed.

At around 3:30 to 4 a.m., the USGS lifted the advisory warning. Staff left city hall at approximately 5:30 a.m. after it was determined there was no emergency.


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