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California overhauling its tsunami evacuation scenarios
California overhauling its tsunami evacuation scenarios

Emergency officials will soon be able to make improved tsunami evacuation orders as California writes detailed scenario plans, state authorities said Friday. State officials realized a flaw in existing tsunami evacuation plans during the 2011 Japanese tsunami: Local officials couldn’t order a limited evacuation of specific neighborhoods closest to the shore. They had to take an all-or-nothing approach, ordering either no evacuation or evacuating an entire area that could be inundated under a worst-case tsunami. “The approaching tsunami from Japan was big enough where it might inundate dry land, but not that much, especially because the tides were low. So there was really...

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