Tsunami advisory for Washington coast

3 p.m. Tsunami Advisory Update: No major damage or flooding reported in Washington’s coastal areas. Experts say that the series of waves following today’s earthquake in Japan may continue for a few more hours. Strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water are still possible , but significant, widespread inundation is not expected for areas of the Washington coast under a tsunami advisory today.

Please monitor local radio and television broadcasts for information and instructions. Look for links to county emergency departments on the Washington Emergency Management Division’s website.

10:30 a.m. Tsunami Advisory Update: Crest heights of first waves hitting Washington coast shortly after 7 a.m. —  La Push: 50 cm (19.7 inches); Westport (43cm (17 inches); Neah Bay 24 cm (9.5 inches).

Waves expected to continue 8 to 18 minutes apart throughout the day. 

8:30 a.m. Tsunami Advisory Update: Waves forecasted for up to 40  46 inches along Hwy 109 in the Moclips, Pacific Beach and Taholah areas of the Washington coast. Wave forecasts for other parts of the Washington coast are below 1½ feet.

Evacuation information: Safest routes mapped by DNR and local agencies.

DNR works closely with the Washington Emergency Management Division and other agencies, such as Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), to prepare local populations for a tsunami using publications and local informational meetings. Learn more

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