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Thousands take part in tsunami drill

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Fire Chief Stan Gibson shows off the tsunami inundation map Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the fire station in Coos Bay, Ore., where authorities expected thousands of people to take part in a tsunami evacuation drill. Authorities say the tsunami in Japan last year has heightened awareness of local dangers. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

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Several thousand Oregon Coast residents on alert after last year's devastating earthquake in Japan took part in their first tsunami evacuation drill Thursday, stopping what they were doing and walking uphill to assembly points where volunteers handed out bottles of water and grab-bags of essentials.

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