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Edmonds gets a tsunami warning siren

Is the city at risk?


Last updated 7/8/2021 at 10:59am

Brian Soergel

A tsunami siren has been installed in the parking lot by Olympic Beach in Edmonds.

Could the Big Rip, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake generated by the Cascadia Subduction Zone parallel to the Washington coast, affect Edmonds?

Maximilian Dixon, Hazards and Outreach program supervisor for the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD), has a simple answer.

"Edmonds," he said simply, "is at risk from tsunamis."

A recent study with maps showing the risk in Puget Sound from a tsunami caused by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake was released in April. Low-lying areas near Edmonds' shoreline – like most of central Puget Sound – showed "shoreline where inundation is infer...

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