NW coastal towns rethink tsunami evacuation plans

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In this Aug. 10, 2011, photo shows Long Beach city administrator Gene Miles as he walks along the beach, 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)