Hatfield marine center plans tsunami dock exhibit

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NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The Hatfield Marine Science Center will open an exhibit in March featuring a slice of a Japanese dock ripped loose during an earthquake and tsunami and washed up ashore near Newport last year.

A museum official says the exhibit is a reminder that a similar earthquake and tsunami could happen in the Northwest.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/13Yd2gL ) the exhibit will open March 10 at the Newport facility operated by Oregon State University. The quake struck on March 11, 2011.

The exhibit includes a tsunami interpretive trail that starts at the center and highlights an evacuation route to higher ground for employees, residents and visitors to Newport's South Beach peninsula.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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