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Tsunami warning extended to much of Pacific region, but not to U.S. West Coast

Tsunami Messages for All Regions (Past 30 days)

Officials widened an alert for possible tsunamis resulting from the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Japan, covering large swaths of the Pacific Ocean but not California and the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada.

[Update 2 a.m. Friday: Authorities have since issued a warning for central and northern California and Oregon, as well as parts of Alaska. Southern California was under a lower-level tsunami advisory. Check the most up-to-date status on the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center's website.]

The latest alerts cover Japan, Russia, many Asia countries and Pacific islands including Hawaii as well as many South and Central American countries such as Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Colombia.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a new warning would be issued as more information becomes available.

In Hawaii, officials expect a wave could hit at 2:59 a.m. Hawaii time (4:59 a.m. PST).

California, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia are not included in the warnings.



8.8-magnitude quake rocks Japan

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-- Rong-Gong Lin II and Shelby Grad

Images: NOAA: Numbers in first graphic represent areas where tsunamis are possible.

Comments () | Archives (14)

omg! I hope the people in Japan get through this! My prayers go out to everyone affected by this tsunami. Hopefully, California/west coast wont be included in the near future

Omg! This is just so scary. I hope the people in Japan get through this tsunami. My thoughts and prayers go out to those being affected. Hopefully, California/west coast are kept out of future tsunami warnings.

first comment!!!!

I heard west coast is under 'watch' not 'warning'. A quake this size hasn't hit Japan before (that we know of), so many (including NOAA) don't know what to expect at this point

Will it affect Sri Lanka

Please update this. A tsunami watch has been issued for California.

What do the numbers mean? I wish there was a key to the map....

There is a sunami "watch" in effect for the West coast including California.

Perhaps the LA Times could see fit to explain WHY California et al aren't included in the warning?

Tsunami Watch has just been upgraded to a Warning for California and Oregon.

This is outdated already. The warning NOW extends to the entire west coast the US.

Oregon and Washington coasts are under a tsunami watch. The first wave is expected to hit at about 7:15 am and is estimated to be between 1 and 5 feet in height.

Cool story bro

Does somebody know, whether Sydney will be attacked by Tsunami or not?


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