The sound of tsunami warning sirens sent hundreds of people in Seaside, Oregon scurrying on foot to higher ground Wednesday. The resort town held a community-wide evacuation drill.
Sound: (loudspeaker voice/siren) “This is a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test.”
Seaside High School students had to trot more than a mile to get to safety. Seaside is considered among the more vulnerable population centers on the Northwest coast. The majority of the town would be flooded in a major tsunami. Other coastal towns are planning similar evacuation drills later this month, including Coos Bay and Garibaldi.