The tiny town of Crescent City, CA is just 1.6 square miles, located 20 miles south of the Oregon border, with an annual rainfall average of 75 inches. Crescent City knows how to handle tsunami waves, since they’ve been hit by 31 of the giant storms since 1933. The 1964 Alaskan earthquake caused 11 deaths in Crescent City, and since then, the town has made earthquake and tsunami preparedness a priority.
A pamphlet published by Del Norte County details how to survive a tsunami, urging people to take both natural and official warnings equally seriously and to respond to whichever they see or hear first. Natural warnings include “strong ground shaking, a loud ocean roar, or the water receding unusually far exposing the sea floor.” Scientists and meteorologists have decidedly erred on the side of caution when it comes to officially warning citizens to evacuate before a tsunami as a result of the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunamis that killed over 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.
The Superintendent of Schools in Crescent City spoke to Fox40 this morning, saying schools were closed as a safety precaution and that school buses were being used to evacuate citizens.