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  •  Since these waters are inland, a tsunami (10+ / 0-)

    created by a big earthquake would take 1-2 hours to get here from the subduction zone where it happened (offshore the open coast), so we'd have time to get to high ground, and the wave would be dampened in any case going through the Strait. Also we'd feel an earthquake of that magnitude and have direct notice. It's estimated a tsunami of that type would push the water level up 10-20 feet. But it is also possible we could have a more local one and the effects of that are are hard to predict. My house is 40' above sea level, so I do think about that sometimes.

    Most places in the islands have high ground fairly close, and we have no traffic issues getting there. The county doesn't have any official evac zones or plans.

    Probably the biggest effect on us would be getting cut off from the mainland, since the damage there would be worse, with so much more development and population. Ferries, food and gas deliveries, electrical power, Internet. There's been a big movement in the last decade, on our island anyway, to become more self sufficient in food and energy.

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