SEASIDE, Ore. -- Several tsunami awareness events are being held on the Oregon coast to mark the 2-year anniversary of a devastating 8.9-magnitude quake and tsunami in Japan, which forced evacuations along the U.S. West Coast and continues to send debris across the Pacific.

The Tsunami Road Show will take place in seven coastal communities between March 11 and March 23.

Residents will learn how to prepare for a tsunami should it strike the coast, said Oregon Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Kim Lippert. Topics covered will include how to build an emergency kit, create an emergency plan, and prepare your family for a disaster.

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Oregon is at risk for a major earthquake similar to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011, because of its location on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 700-mile earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia, she added.

Events will be held in the following locations:

  • March 11 - Seaside: Broadway Middle School Library, 1120 Broadway St., 7-8:30 p.m.
  • March 12 - Astoria: Astoria Library, 450 10th St., 5:30-7 p.m.
  • March 14 - Rockaway Beach: Neah-Kah-Nie High School, 504 N. 3rd Ave., 6:30-8 p.m.
  • March 15 - Lincoln City: Driftwood Public Library, 801 U.S. 101, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • March 19 - Florence: Siuslaw Public Library, 1460 Ninth Street, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • March 21 - Coos Bay: Hales Center Auditorium, 1988 Newmark Ave., 7-8:30 p.m.
  • March 23 - Brookings: Brookings Elks Lodge, 800 Elk Dr., 2-4 p.m.

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