Oregon is at risk of experiencing a catastrophic near-shore earthquake and tsunami event. However, research shows that earthquakes and tsunamis are survivable events, and tsunami education has been credited with saving lives around the world.
Tsunami Quests are fun and engaging clue-directed hunts that help people learn about earthquake and tsunami safety at the coast.
Read about Tsunami Quests in The Daily Astorian
Created by Fort Stevens rangers, this Quest helps visitors discover different areas of high ground near the campground area. While creating this Quest, the park acquired and installed four new tsunami evacuation signs provided by DOGAMI (Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries). See where the Quest begins * Download the directions (pdf)
Created by City of Seaside, this Quest begins at the Seaside Convention Center takes you to the popular oceanside attractions. Then you discover how to get to high ground, which includes crossing a particular bridge that has been retrofitted to withstand seismic events. See where the Quest begins * Download the directions (pdf)
What should you do if you are at Hatfield Marine Science Center and the ground starts to shake? This 30-minute Quest introduces a unique Vertical Evacuation Structure on the HMSC campus. Find out how and when to go to the roof of this building to escape a tsunami. See where this Quest begins * Download the directions (pdf)
Where is the nearest high ground from the Charleston Marina? This Quest created by the Charleston Marine Life Center will show you the way. While creating this Quest, Coos County Emergency Management installed a new tsunami evacuation sign on Boat Basin Road.
See where the Quest begins * Download the directions (pdf)
A Bandon High School student created this Quest to help people learn about tsunami safety. Now that she has graduated, her teacher maintains the clues and box. This is a favorite walking field trip for Ocean Crest Elementary students!
See where this Quest begins * Download the directions (pdf)
- National Research Council, 2011
Follow the directions to find and collect the hidden letter clues. Along the way, learn about what to do if the ground were to start shaking. Are you in an inundation area? If so, where should you go to get to high ground? What clues in the environment can help you find your way? At the end of the walk, your collected letter clues will tell you where you find the hidden Quest Box. Sign the guest log, stamp the back of your book, and then put the box back in its hiding spot for the next person to find.
Oregon Sea Grant * OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center * Lincoln County School District * DOGAMI * Oregon State Parks * Charleston Marine Life Center * Columbia River Maritime Museum * Bandon School District