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A couple walks along Bastendorff Beach Thursday, May 31, 2012, near Charleston, Ore. Thousands of people in three Oregon coastal communities are holding their first tsunami evacuation drill, stirred to action by the 2011 tsunami that devastated coastal towns in Japan. When the tsunami from Japan hit last year, residents had hours to get ready, and severe damage was limited to harbors such as Crescent City, Calif. One person was swept away and died. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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.