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    obx hiker
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    Just a thought. It's likely that somebodie's out hiking the Lost Coast. Are they in danger? and anybody have any idea how to contact them?

    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    If they have filled out a permit the rangers will be at least have an idea of the numbers out there. Which this time of year should be very few if any out there.

    John Ladd


    There was a tsunami warning for Crescent City and points nearby one night when my daughter and I were out on the Lost Coast late May 2008. We didn't know anything about it, but it worried my wife who got on the phone with local sheriff's office who seemed aware of the problem, though she had the impression it wasn't the highest thing on their priority list. I doubt that it was a problem. There is no channel there to funnel the water or increase its speed. If the tsunami height was as reported, and it was low tide, I doubt that backpackers there would particularly have noticed much unless they happened to be right down near the water. Higher wave and a high tide, though, could be an issue.

    Link to rough map of our trip

    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member


    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    I looked around on your link, interesting

    Some day I need to check that out, but it's an 11 hour drive from Portland so it's a little difficult to justify

    If it was raining everywhere up here but sunny there, I might be tempted

    If you were going around a head at low tide, then the Tsunami could raise the water level and trap you, but you could probably find somewhere to escape

    Dale Wambaugh
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    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    Years ago, we were camped at Cape Alava on the Olympic Park beaches and I heard a tsunami report on the radio for the previous day. The campsite is a few feet above tide line, with a hill behind. You could get out of harms way *if* you knew there was a problem. Thankfully, it was an alert and the tsunami didn't come to that area.

    I came to realize if there were a real problem, the small number of people out there at any one time would be a write-off. I assume that emergency services would be focused on the towns on the coast.

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