CANNON BEACH — When the ground begins to shake on the north end of Cannon Beach, will you know where to go? The Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could create a tsunami that will reach the North Coast within 15 to 20 minutes, according to the state.
The fifth annual evacuation route practice walk on Saturday offers an opportunity for both residents and tourists to learn how to get to the tsunami safe zone.
The walk should take 15 to 20 minutes, volunteer tsunami walk coordinator Jeneé Pearce-Mushen said.
“We want to make sure people understand and start doing the walk on our own,” she said.
Participants will gather at 10 a.m. at the Les Shirley Park bus stop and will walk the Oak Street route to Eighth Street. The new “safe area” on Laurel Street north of Fifth Street will be discussed. An open house will take place at 11 a.m. on Eighth and Oak Street. At 12:30 p.m., participants can meet at Les Shirley Park to discuss potential improvements.
People are “going to be distressed and need help” when a tsunami comes, and those who know the route will be able to assist others, Pearce-Mushen said.
The walk is open for anyone in the county and tourists. People can bring their go-bags, pets and anything else they need to be prepared.
“If we have a Cascadia earthquake, we will know where to go,” Pearce-Mushen said.