Community workshops on tsunamis set today, Friday

A “Tsunami Awareness Roadshow” will make stops in Port Angeles today and in Chimacum on Friday.

The state Emergency Management Divisions Tsunami Workgroup will present information from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today in Room J-47 at Peninsula College’s Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

The presentation will be made from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the auditorium at Chimacum High School, 91 West Valley Road.

During the free community tsunami workshops, experts will offer their insights on the tsunami threat for the state’s coastal region, describe the tsunami warning system, tell how to get tsunami warning information and address how residents can prepare for tsunamis.

Drawing for radios

Each workshop will offer the opportunity to ask questions. A drawing for two NOAA weather radios will conclude each workshop.

Paul Huang, seismologist and tsunami warning science officer and deputy director of the National Tsunami Warning Center, will address tsunami generation and the threat for the coastal region, including the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coastline.

Researchers have said it’s not a question of if but when a quake of at least 9.0 magnitude will strike in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that stretches from Vancouver Island to Northern California.

Huang also will address how the tsunami warning system works.

Maximilian Dixon, who manages the earthquake, tsunami and volcano programs for the state, will address tsunami preparedness.

Dixon is responsible for coordinating the seismic and associated hazard risk reduction efforts between federal, state, tribal and local partners with a goal of increasing community resilience.

Ted Buehner, National Weather Service Seattle warning coordination meteorologist, will discuss enhancing the forecast and warning system and tying the agency’s mission of protecting lives and property with the emergency management community, media and marine community.

The workshops are hosted by Clallam County, Jefferson County and Peninsula College emergency management departments.

For more information, contact Clallam County Emergency Management at 360-460-2932 or the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management at 360-385-9368.

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