Evacuation zones now at your fingertips


NEWPORT — A redesigned, free smartphone app showing Pacific Northwest tsunami evacuation zones is now available.

The NANOOS Visualization System Tsunami Evacuation smartphone app provides an at-a-glance view of tsunami hazard zones along the coasts of Oregon and Washington. Users can locate their current location on the map to see if they are in a tsunami evacuation zone, plan their own evacuation routes, download published evacuation brochures for the region and, now, print and save customized evacuation brochures centered on an area of interest.

The app is the product of a partnership of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

"This app is great for homeowners on the coast as well as visitors who are planning trips," says Jon Allan, DOGAMI coastal scientist and one of the app developers. "Knowing where you are in the tsunami zone means you will be better prepared should a tsunami occur. You can bookmark places and save or print a unique evacuation map centered on your home, workplace, hotel or even campsite. Users can then determine their nearest point of high ground outside the evacuation zone and develop a plan for how to get there."

The free NVS Tsunami Evacuation app is available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play:

For iPhone:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nvs-tsunami-evacuation/id478984841?ls=1&mt=8

For Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tsunami_evac.nvs.nanoos.org.nvs_tsunami_android

Customized tsunami evacuation brochures can also be printed from the NANOOS interactive online portal http://nvs.nanoos.org/TsunamiEvac. Learn more about tsunami preparedness at http://www.oregontsunami.org.

The coasts of Oregon, Washington, and Northern California are exposed to tsunamis from distant earthquakes such as the March 11, 2011 Japan tsunami and local earthquake events. The greatest risk to Northwest coastal communities is from very large, locally generated tsunamis produced by an earthquake occurring offshore the coast of Oregon and Washington on the Cascadia subduction zone. DOGAMI and the Washington Geological Survey have mapped the zones that would be inundated by a tsunami.

— DOGAMI

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