SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Amid the hundreds of people who walked up and down the promenade overlooking the Oregon coast at Seaside was one man on a mission.
As he approached passersby Saturday, Patrick Corcoran said "Is there anything you'd like to know about tsunamis?"
In many cases, the answer was yes. Thus began a series of impromptu lectures on big waves, subduction zones and the real tsunami danger in the Pacific Northwest: not far-off quakes, but close-up ones.
Corcoran is an education and outreach specialist with Oregon State University's Oregon Sea Grant program. He works with coastal communities on tsunami preparation.
Corcoran figured the tsunami threat would provide a "teachable moment."
The National Weather Service issued an advisory that covered the West Coast indicating a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves was expected. It was canceled by early evening.