SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A legislative committee has heard testimony on a plan to make Oregon's coastal towns more resilient in the event of a destructive earthquake and tsunami that strikes off the coast in the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon House and Senate committees that oversee emergency preparedness hosted an informational hearing on Thursday about recommendations for preparing towns from Astoria to Gold Beach for such large-scale natural disasters. Seismic experts say the Cascadia Subduction Zone, just off the regional coastline, is overdue to produce a mega-quake and tsunami. The last time it ruptured was in the year 1700. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would designate a task force to come up with a strategy for implementing the resilience plan.

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