New Tsunami Dock Exhibit

NEWPORT, Ore. — A new exhibit is set to open at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center featuring a portion of the tsunami dock that washed up near Agate Beach in June 2012.

The new Tsunami Awareness Exhibit will open on the two year anniversary of the massive earthquake that rattled northern Japan and triggered a tsunami that killed thousands of people.

The tsunami ripped loose at least three docks from the city of Misawa, including the one that floated across the Pacific Ocean and washed ashore on the Oregon Coast.

The dock has been of great interest to the public and to scientists since it arrived, including the the organisms attached to the structure.

“The exhibit will highlight the risk from invasive species, and detail the journey of the dock from Misawa to Newport,” said Janet Webster, interim director of OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

The exhibit will also provide an opportunity to expand public awareness about earthquakes, tsunamis and preparedness.

A portion of the dock was cut away and preserved for the exhibit; it will also serve as a memorial to the events that brought it to Oregon.

The center will unveil the new exhibit at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 10. The event is free and open to the public.

The OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 Marine Science Dr.

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