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All that separates Long Beach Elementary from the Pacific Ocean is a half-mile expanse of flat, sandy ground dotted with restaurants, hotels and shops catering to tourists. When the next Cascadia megaquake strikes, the 250 students at the school could have just 20 minutes to run to higher ground. We asked a local track athlete to see if he could make it before the tsunami.

Part of a continuing series about Washington state’s lack of preparation for a major earthquake