Columbia River Maritime Museum

Science on Tap

March 5, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Beyond Geology: How to Deal with the Risks of Living on the North Coast
with Patrick Corcoran, Hazards Outreach Specialist, Oregon Sea Grant

As a follow up to Bonnie Henderson’s discussion about Oregon’s seismic past and future, Pat Corcoran’s talk will emphasize how people on the north coast can grapple productively with the threat of a large earthquake and tsunamis. Considerable time will be spent addressing typical “tsunami scenarios” and fielding questions from the audience. Maps of county inundation zones will be available for participants to locate their “tsunami footprint,” identifying the vulnerability of their home, business, school, etc.

Patrick Corcoran is an associate professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Pat works locally to build community resilience to coastal hazards through the Clatsop County OSU Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant. Pat’s areas of interest include chronic hazards like coastal erosion and shoreline change, and our greatest catastrophic hazard: the Cascadia subduction zone.