ASTORIA, Ore. — An effort is underway to turn an old World War II landing ship into a critical life-saving tool in the event of a major earthquake.
Scientists agree a destructive earthquake could strike off Oregon’s coast at any time.
The quake, originating along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, would wipe out roads, bridges and rail lines.
The Columbia River would become a highway to move goods and emergency supplies.
That’s where the Salvage Chief comes in.
“When the Astoria Bridge and the Longview Bridge collapse the only vessel to clear the channel will be the Salvage Chief,” said Salvage Chief director Floyd Holcom. “There’s