Tsunami Advisory Issued for Oregon Coast After Volcano Eruption

THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA, OREGON, WASHINGTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE CAL./MEXICO BORDER

If you are located in this coastal area, move off the beach and out of harbors and marinas.

Tsunami advisories mean that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is expected or is already occurring. Areas in the advisory should not expect widespread inundation. Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest.

At 827 PM Pacific Standard Time on January 14 an earthquake occurred near the Tonga Islands.

Courtesy NWS Medford

Estimated tsunami start times for selected sites are:

January 15.

Port Orford Oregon 755 AM. PST. January 15.

Crescent City California 800 AM. PST. January 15.

Brookings Oregon 800 AM. PST. January 15.

Charleston Oregon 810 AM. PST. January 15.

Newport Oregon 830 AM. PST. January 15.

Seaside Oregon 845 AM. PST. January 15.

The tsunami advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

9:40A Update:

The National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami advisory this morning, Saturday, January 15, for the coast of Oregon, Washington and California, due to a large undersea volcanic eruption near Tonga. Residents in coastal areas are advised to move off beaches and out of harbors and marinas. Waves of 1 to 3 feet along the coast of Oregon and Washington are expected. The first waves arrived at the Oregon Coast around 8 a.m. and could continue for up to 24-hours.

“Stay away from port harbors and low-lying beaches because those strong currents can still cause a lot of damage, and you could be potentially risking your life,” Oregon Office of Emergency Management Geologic Hazards Coordinator Althea Rizzo said.

Rizzo said it is important to know if your home, work, school, etc., are in a tsunami inundation zone.

For information on tsunami and tsunami hazards visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep/Pages/Tsunami.aspx

10:40A Update:

4:55P Update:

This is a developing story. We will continue to monitor and update.

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