Wednesday, July 11, 2007

What About King Salmon?

Not quite sure just what went on here. The story is that residents of Field's Landing were given a talking to on earthquake and tsunami preparedness.

What about the people who live in King Salmon? Maybe they were included and just not mentioned in the news item?

I've always felt the people in King Salmon and Field's Landing would be in deep trouble if a tsunami were to arrive quickly. Keep in mind there was a seismic generated wave that hit our coast back in '92(?) spawned by the Petrolia quake. It only took ten minutes to get here but it was only a foot high, or so I remember reading at the time.

I think it would be difficult for anyone in either Field's Landing or King Salmon to get to high ground in ten minutes. Looking at both places Field's Landing folk seem to have a straighter shot at getting away from the water. King Salmon residents would have to go some distance north, along the beach, before they could turn and head inland, and that's assuming the roads were still in condition to drive on. If they had to walk or run they'd be history.

King Salmon does have some high ground at Buhne Point, though. That's the high point of land on the southwest end up Humboldt Bay Power Plant. Still, it would take some time to make it there, too, especially on foot.

Glad I don't live in either of those places.


At 11:12 AM, Blogger hucktunes said...

I lived in King Salmon in 1973 and there were times that you could not get in or out because of waves crashing over the road, hurling rocks. I lived in Field's Landing 1976-81 and it's real quick and easy to go up Railroad to Spring St. and get in the hills.

At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

King Solomon. Good topic. Pardon my inattention to detail.


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