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Seaside schools consider relocation due to tsunami impact zone

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Seaside students talking to Gresham High School about  relocation proposal. Seaside students talking to Gresham High School about relocation proposal.
SEASIDE, OR (KPTV) -

In Oregon, there are four school located in what's known as the tsunami impact zone, an area that would be completely submerged in the event of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. 

Of those four schools, three are located in Seaside. Now, the students at Seaside High School are tackling the threat and they're doing it with a little help from their friends at other Oregon high schools.

Back in 2013, Seaside voters rejected a bond measure that would have paid to move those three schools to higher ground out of the impact zone. That rejection motivated the kids to get involved and they started a GoFundMe page.

On Thursday, students visited Gresham High School and gave a presentation asking for help. 

The students at Gresham High responded. They're donating and selling t-shirts to help the Seaside campaign.

"We kind of got through to them, and they understand how much imminent danger we are in," said Seaside HS senior Taylor Barnes.

"Gresham stepped up and is basically asking how can they help," said Seaside School District Superintendent Doug Dougherty.

The cost of relocating the three school is steep and the students hope to raise $200 million.

Students realize they will likely fall short of that goal but they hope their efforts will at least raise more awareness, and raising awareness is a good thing.

Scientists say there is a 1-in-3 chance of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake in the next 50 years, and the magnitude of such a quake is expected to be somewhere between 8.7 and 9.2.

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