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A sign points people to the evacuation route in case of a tsunami on Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Charleston, Ore. Authorities expected thousands of people to take park in a tsunami drill Thursday in the Oregon coastal communities of Charleston, Coos Bay and North Bend. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

Thousands take part in tsunami drill

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.