Living in the desert, I never would have considered this for concern, but after seeing this sign, and hearing about the recent Tsunami's in the world, I guess this should be taken seriously. This sign was posted near the beach.
Among other things, Cannon Beach is known for not having the best weather. If you do happen to get a clear day at Cannon Beach, count yourself lucky. The area averages around 90 inches of rain per year and is cloudy almost all of the time. Add that with the constant wind and you better remember to bring a warm sweatshirt or jacket.
I was kind of amused by Tsunami Evacuation route signs in Cannon Beach when I was there last fall, but no more.
The odds of a huge tsunami hitting the Oregon Coast are slim -- the last time was in 1700, though four people were killed by logs in tsunami waves from the 1964 Alaskan quake. Apparently a bridge to Cannon Beach was washed out in that tsunami.
The Department of Geology and Mineral Offices set up a coastal field office in Newport in 2000, and 38 inundation maps have been created for the use of coastal communities to identify hazard zones and develop excavation routes.
Remember: if you are close to the beach and you feel the earth shake, get to higher ground immediately. It means that it is a local shake and a tsunami could arrive before there is an official alert.
Apparently there is a one in five chance of a cataclysmic shake occurring off the West Coast in the next 50 years.
Not a very big risk, but the risk in SE Asia before the December tsunami hit probably didn't seem big either.
So don't be afraid, but do be aware.
When we saw these signs along the Oregon Coast last summer, we thought they were quirky. Now, with all that's happened, we know how deadly serious they are. Be aware of whether or not you're in a tsunami hazard area - the signs let you know when you're entering and leaving them as you drive along the coast. Cannon Beach is one of many coastal towns with these signs.
When you visit Cannon Beach or any other locales along the Oregon coast don't expect a tropical beach experience.
While I have been at the coast when it's hot and still enough to lie out on a blanket and soak in the sunshine, it's often cool and very windy, especially in the afternoons, even in the summer, when inland city dwellers often come to escape the heat. It's usually a great place to fly a kite.
Rain and fog, which gives everything a moody, misty atmosphere are also common.
And the water is at all times frigid, turn-your-toes blue.
I love the Oregon coast, but it's a different experience than the tropics.
Much of Cannon Beach is located within a tsunami hazard zone. As we have recently seen, it can and does happen.
We spotted this rare specimine walking on the main strip in Cannon Beach. The unbelievable part is this was AFTER he pulled his trousers up. A rare, and scary sight indeed.