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Why would you build a hospital in a tsunami zone?

Hospital Safety Insider, January 22, 2015

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Officials in Gold Beach, Oregon are moving forward with plans to rebuild the outdated Curry General Hospital. But where they’ve chosen to rebuild—in the middle of a tsunami evacuation zone—has some people wondering what they are thinking, according to a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

According to the report, the current hospital has been deemed a fire hazard as it is a one-envelope design with no fire breaks, and its brick construction is not likely to survive an 8- or 9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that experts say the Pacific Coast is likely to experience within the next 50 years. The fire marshal has threatened to shut the hospital down if it is not replaced before 2016.

According to the report, city officials and hospital executives began planning for the new hospital in 2012. They consulted official state-issued tsunami maps dating from 1995 to plan where to place the new hospital building, but no other sites fit their criteria. After the city passed a $10-billion bond plan to finance it, officials settled on a plan to replace the hospital on the site of the current building, located only about four blocks from the ocean.

 



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