Sooner or later the offshore Cascadia fault zone is going to unleash a monster earthquake and tsunami. When that day comes, you hope that coastal schools, fire stations and hospitals are located high enough so that they don’t get washed away just when you really need them.
In Oregon, it’s state law that new schools and public safety buildings be built outside the tsunami zone. But that rule has a bullseye on it.
Unlike Washington and California, the Oregon Legislature made it a rule in the mid-1990s that certain “essential facilities” cannot be built inside the tsunami inundation zone — namely new hospitals, fire