What You Don’t Know About Oregon Coast Sneaker Waves Could Kill You

Sneaker Wave. Photo by Neva Swensen via Flickr CC2.

The Oregon coast is scenic, beautiful, and awe inspiring.  It can also be treacherous if you aren’t paying attention to your surroundings, are ignoring warning signs, or aren’t aware of the possibility of sneaker waves.  21 people have been killed by sneaker waves on the Oregon coast since 1990, and even more have been severely injured.

A sneaker wave is an unexpectedly large wave that travels with great force and speed up the beach.  These waves travel further up the beach than expected, often catching people unaware and sweeping them away into the ocean.

Beachgoers are often

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