Myrtle Beach is Tsunami ready

By Trey Paul - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) –  If you've taken a stroll down the Myrtle Beach boardwalk lately, you may have notice a sign that reads: Tsunami Zone: In case of Tsunami evacuate beach.

"Is that a possibility," asked Shirley Hettinger.

She wouldn't be the first to ask that question.  Experts with the National Weather Service say the chances are slim.

But, if one were to hit our coast, NWS workers say Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside, and Horry County are four of only ten communities in the southeast that are certified Tsunami ready.

But some question why the Tsunami zone sign is located along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk which is very visible to tourists.  There are several of them and they have been here for more than four years.

"It's a tourist area and it might be a little out of place," said Hettinger.

"I've never heard of one hitting the East Coast. It's something else to worry about," said Larry Hauser.

City of Myrtle Beach spokesperson Mark Kruea says it's just another way Myrtle Beach is prepared.

" I never thought of a tsunami coming here, but I'm glad they're ready," said Allison Luper.

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