Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tsunami Advisory Issued for the Pacific Coast

If you are thinking about heading to the Oregon or Washington coast today, please be advised that the National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding the magnitude 8.8 Earthquake that rocked Chile this morning. 

This is a Tsunami Advisory Only, but not a Watch or a Warning which would indicate higher danger.  There is NO WATCH OR WARNING currently in effect for the Oregon or Washington Coast at this time (9:48 PST)

The estimate times for the first arrival waves are as follows:
  • Seaside, OR at 2:46 PM PST
  • Westport, WA at 2:57 PM PST
  • Neah Bay, WA at 3:07 PM PST
The largest waves are expected 2 hours AFTER the first arrival waves.

Estimated wave heights at this writing are:
  • Long Beach, WA = .46 FT
  • Wesport, WA = .78 FT
  • Moclips, WA = 1.27 FT
  • Neah Bay, WA = .65 FT
Wave heights are difficult to predict and are amplified by irregular shorelines.

Additional graphics and arrival time estimates of the waves may be found on the National Weather Service website by clicking HERE

Coastal residents and visitors are advised to:
  • Stay out of the water 
  • Stay off the beach and away from harbors and marinas
Some areas of the coast could experience dangerous currents and surges in harbors and bays due to this tsunami. 

So, bottom line is that if you are planning to visit the Oregon or Washington Coast today, please be mindful and cautious of the waters.

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