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Long-forgotten Seawall Protected New Jersey Homes From Hurricane Sandy's Powerful Storm Surges
July 17, 2013
Two beachfront communities in New Jersey were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, but one fared much better than the other thanks to a long-forgotten seawall buried beneath the sand. Virginia Tech coastal engineers and geoscientists say the finding illustrates the need for multi-levels of beach protection in oceanfront communities.
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