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**TSUNAMI WARNING canceled for AK, BC coast as well as Hawaii

October 27th, 2012 by Matthew Leach

 

**UPDATE: 10:00 AM: All Tsunami Warning’s have ended. There is no longer any imminent threat. Please click here to read the full report.

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ORIGINAL STORY FROM 10/27/2012, 9:00 PM- Due to a strong 7.1 earthquake off the Queen Charlotte Islands, a Tsunami Warning has been issued, primarily for the Alaska and BC coastlines. The US West Coast is highlighted as a potential threat.

…THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA – OREGON – WASHINGTON AND BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA…

PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES FOR INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT AT
PTWC.WEATHER.GOV.

The tsunami Warning continues in effect for the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Decision, Alaska (85 miles SE of Sitka). – Event details: Preliminary magnitude 7.7 (Mw) earthquake / Lat: 52.900, Lon: -131.900 at 2012-10-28T03:04:10Z Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant widespread inundation is expected, or occurring. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

Estimated arrival times and wave heights

Langara Island, British Columbia 9:16 PM GMT-07 (44 minutes ago)
Craig, Alaska 8:25 PM GMT-08 (35 minutes ago)
Sitka, Alaska 8:42 PM GMT-08 (18 minutes ago)
Elfin Cove, Alaska 8:53 PM GMT-08 (7 minutes ago)
Tofino, British Columbia 10:09 PM GMT-07 (9 minutes from now)


Recommended Actions: People in low-lying coastal areas should be alert to instructions from their local emergency officials. If in a tsunami warning coastal area, move inland to higher ground. Next update and additional information: This message will be updated in 30 minutes or sooner if the situation warrants. The tsunami message will remain in effect until further notice. Refer to the internet site wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov for more information.



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9 Responses to “**TSUNAMI WARNING canceled for AK, BC coast as well as Hawaii”

  1. Mark Says:

    Thanks you for the early warning about this tsunami – some of us have relatives living in those regions.

  2. Matthew Leach Says:

    You’re welcome, Mark! Updates will be given throughout the night at PTWC.WEATHER.GOV, so please refer your relatives to that website so they can stay informed! :)

  3. Stacee Says:

    Weird how this is not on local news stations websites… thanks for the info… really appreciated!

  4. Kip Says:

    I live in Japan and can appreciate the need for those who might be effected to follow the news to insure your safety.

  5. Matthew Leach Says:

    Thank you, Kip! Agreed, any bit of news is important in a situation like this

    Stacee: The reason why local news stations probably aren’t jumping the gun on this one is because, at least as of now, this may not directly affect the Pacific Northwest. Still not a good reason why it’s not more publicized, but that could be part of it.

  6. Mary Says:

    Have friends on Honeymoon in Mauai…what’s the situation there?

  7. Matthew Leach Says:

    Luckily everyone is OK! The Tsunami Warnings were downgraded earlier this morning. They escaped a potentially destructive event!

  8. Mark Says:

    Much better to be forewarned, and then not have a catastrophe, than to be unprepared, and wonder why nobody gave a “heads-up”. Good work, Matthew!

  9. Matthew Leach Says:

    Agreed! Thanks, Mark!

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