Seaside-Tsunami Risk

the Broadway Street bridge in Seaside over the Neawanna Creek has been identified as particularly vulnerable in case of an earthquake.

Editor’s Note: As a convenience to Philomath Express readers, here’s a sampling of other news going on around Oregon as reported by The Associated Press.


Quake simulation study shows Seaside road, bridge dangers

SEASIDE — Researchers at Oregon State University say bridges and roads in the northwestern resort city of Seaside should be prioritized for improvement after a simulation discovered they would have higher mortality rates in an earthquake and tsunami.

Researchers found that the bridge on Broadway Street over Neawanna Creek would result in the most fatalities, The Daily Astorian reported .

"The real issue with Broadway is there is really nowhere else to go. But by the time you get to that bridge you have very little time to do anything else," said Dan Cox, an Oregon State civil engineer who created the model with Haizhong Wang. "It's a combination of what options you have and how much time you have to do it."

The two bridges on 12th Street, the bridge on Sundquist Road and Ocean Vista Drive in the Cove were also flagged for improvement.

The bridges and roads are high priorities to retrofit because of relative proximity to areas where people live and gather, making them some of the most populated evacuation routes, researchers said. They also fall in the path of where tsunami inundation would most likely occur.

Man arrested after fatal shooting in western Oregon

DALLAS — Authorities arrested a man accused of fatally shooting another man near Falls City.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 61-year-old Dennis Sarver of Salem was booked into jail on charges of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Deputies found the body of 52-year-old Earl Jambura on Saturday after responding to a report of a shooting. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Additional details have not been released and the investigation remains active.

3 Dutch workers killed in Oregon car crash

PORTLAND — Three employees of a Dutch technology company died from injuries they sustained in a car crash in Oregon.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 25-year-old Ronald Wall and 22-year-old Jamie Shennan died in a hospital over the weekend. A third employee, 37-year-old Timotheus Albers, died at the scene of Thursday's crash north of Salem.

Investigators said Wall and his two passengers were stopped behind a driver making a left turn. A pickup struck Wall's car from behind, causing Wall to crash into the car in front of him.

The men worked for ASML and had been in the U.S. for less than a week.

ASML spokeswoman Brittney Wolff says the company is deeply saddened by the loss, and will provide support to the victims’ families and co-workers.

Portland's aerial tram closing for maintenance

PORTLAND — Portland's aerial tram will be closed for maintenance later this summer.

The Oregonian/Oregonian reports the popular tourist attraction will be shut down from June 23 through July 30.

The tram opened in 2006. It undergoes periodic maintenance throughout the year, but this will be the longest closure in its history.

In addition to being a tourist draw, the tram is a key transportation link for thousands of Oregon Health & Science University employees, students and staff.

OHSU will run shuttle buses between the South Waterfront and the campus between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on weekdays.


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