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OSHA blog: Building a hospital in a tsunami zone: Are they crazy?

Hospital Safety Insider, March 26, 2015

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Most of you in the healthcare safety profession spend your career trying to keep your facility out of the way of mayhem and destruction.

If you’ve ever been to the beautiful beaches of Oregon you understand why the folks who live there along Route 101 wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. But living there is a gamble: Only about 100 miles off the U.S. Pacific Coast lurks a seismically active fault that emergency management professionals have been saying for years will produce an earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater – as well as a monster tsunami—within the next 50 years.

So why is it that the town of 22,000 just approved the construction of a brand-new, $28-million critical access hospital right in the path of such a potentially destructive wave?

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