NW coastal towns rethink tsunami evacuation plans

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In this Aug. 10, 2011, photo shows Long Beach city administrator Gene Miles pointing to a map during a interview, in Long Beach, Wash. When the next devastating earthquake strikes off the Northwest coast, it is expected to send a tsunami so fast that it could leave coastal communities with perhaps 20 minutes to escape the surge of water. For small towns like Long Beach, which sits on a long spit just above sea level, the wave�s speed will leave minimal options for getting away: People can literally run for the hills, but the first elevated areas are more than a mile to the east, difficult to reach and likely unknown to tourists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)