The Big Wave: Coastal cities and infrastructure at risk

SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) — The Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could claim thousands of lives, but many experts believe the tsunami it triggers could be even deadlier.

A tsunami isn’t just one wave. It’s a series of extremely large and long waves. In the event of a Cascadia earthquake, people will have about 20 minutes from the time the earth starts shaking until the tsunami hits to reach high ground; less, considering the fact you probably won’t be able to run until the ground stops shaking.

More than 30,000 Oregonians live in what’s known as the tsunami inundation zone. During the tourist season, more at

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