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The Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011 continues to leave a mark on our side of the Pacific. 

The tsunami created by the quake trashed a couple of ports in our region. 

And measurements in the ocean show elevated--though still considered safe--levels of radioactivity, likely the result of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant

Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution knows about radiation in the ocean, normal and not. 

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The person in charge of keeping Oregon informed of earthquake hazards has a side job writing comic books. 

Check that; writing comic books is PART of her job. 

Althea Rizzo is the author of a comic story on how Oregonians can prepare for, and survive, a tsunami. 

This is the second comic book collaboration between Oregon's emergency management agency and Dark Horse Comics, based in Milwaukie. 

Tsunamis are not unknown on the West Coast.  In fact, plenty of people alive today can remember them. 

Like Tom Horning, who nearly lost his life in the 1964 tsunami and decided to return to live in Seaside, Oregon... which could well see another unwelcome visit from the ocean. 

Bonnie Henderson writes about Tom Horning and the potential for disaster in The Next Tsunami, from Oregon State University Press. 

Remembering Crescent City's 1964 Tsunami

Mar 27, 2014
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It's not a happy memory, but it's an important one: a tsunami wiped out downtown Crescent City, California on this date in 1964. 

A huge earthquake in Alaska caused the tsunami.

Oregon Emergency Managers Take Earthquake Trip

Sep 16, 2013
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What's in your earthquake kit?

The answer to that question is often "uh, I don't have one yet."  Which is why Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Quake Prep Talk Road Show, visiting counties in the southern and southwestern portions of the state--the places most likely to feel the impacts of a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.