Pacific County http://www.kplu.org en Tsunami waves washing in along Northwest coast; limited evacuations in Grays Harbor, Pacific counties http://www.kplu.org/post/tsunami-waves-washing-along-northwest-coast-limited-evacuations-grays-harbor-pacific-counties <p>The National Weather Service reports the tsunami generated by the 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan on Friday is now coming ashore on the Washington and Oregon coastline.</p><p>Meteorologist Johnny Berg says the tsunami advisory is still in effect and waves are coming in, but he says he doesn&#39;t have details to offer about how high those waves are.</p><p>An AP photographer reports vigorous wave activity on the coast near Moclips, on the central coast, similar to any stormy day on the ocean beaches.</p><p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:33:23 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 981 at http://www.kplu.org Tsunami waves washing in along Northwest coast; limited evacuations in Grays Harbor, Pacific counties Major quake, tsunami hits Japan; limited evacuations on Washington coast due to wave threat http://www.kplu.org/post/major-quake-tsunami-hits-japan-limited-evacuations-washington-coast-due-wave-threat <p><em>Updated 7:08 a.m., PST. &nbsp;</em></p><p><em>The National Weather Service (NOAA) has <a href="http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=sew&amp;pil=TSU&amp;sid=WCA&amp;version=0">issued a tsunami advisory for the Washington Coast</a>&nbsp;following the massive 8.9 quake in northeast Japan. </em></p><p><strong><i>Tsunami &#39;Advisory&#39; Definition, <a href="http://PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES. - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS. - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WATCH COASTAL AREAS SHOULD STAY ALERT FOR SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION. ">from the National Weather Service</a>:</i></strong></p><ul><li><strong>Persons in a tsunami &ldquo;Advisory&rdquo; coastal area should move out of the water, off the beach and out of harbors and marinas.</strong></li></ul><ul><li><strong>Tsunami Advisories mean that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to people in or very near water is imminent or expected.</strong></li></ul><ul><li><strong>Significant widespread inundation is NOT expected for areas in an &lsquo;advisory.&#39;</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Waves Expected Here After 7 </b><b>a.m.; Some Evacuations on Coast</b></p><p>In Pacific and Grays Harbor counties, emergency management officials say &quot;limited&quot; evacuations are taking place.&nbsp;</p><p>In Grays Harbor County, <a href="http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/dem/Index.asp">evacuations are taking place </a>in the lowest-lying areas of Taholah, Pacific Beach, Moclips and Iron Springs (north of Copalis Beach), are people are being asked to move to higher ground. &nbsp;A wave surge of up to 4 feet is projected for those areas shortly after 7 a.m. this morning, the highest level of wave expected to hit Washington state.</p><p>Pacific County has implemented its &#39;reverse 911&#39; system,&nbsp;calling residents on the coast and in lowlying areas and asking them to evacuate calmly. He says an orderly evacuation is happening in Long Beach, Ilwaco and Ocean Park.</p><p><strong><em>People are being asked to stay away from the beaches, harbors and coastal lowlands. Although the initial wave times are indicated, the highest wave may not impact the area for a few hours after that time.</em></strong></p><p>In Oregon, tsunami sirens are blaring in coastal communities, the warning for residents to seek higher ground. &nbsp;Traffic is heavy on the main transportation artery, Highway 101. In Seaside, at least one hotel has been evacuated. Waves in Oregon may be as high as 6 feet, and expected to arrive between 7 and 8 a.m.</p><p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:08:49 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 978 at http://www.kplu.org Major quake, tsunami hits Japan; limited evacuations on Washington coast due to wave threat