4.5-Inch Wave Hits Seattle; ‘Japan Tsunami Not A Threat To Puget Sound’


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King County released an announcement Friday morning (March 11), stating that the tsunami generated by a devastating 8.9 earthquake in Japan is “not a threat to Puget Sound.”

One interesting local anecdote: around 8:45 a.m. this morning, a small wave of about 4.5 inches was recorded on the Seattle waterfront. The tsunami was smaller than a high tide, and no damage has been reported. No word yet on if any similar surge was seen in the Burien area.

Tsunami waves between two and nine feet were reported in Hawaii overnight, and a Tsunami Warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center forecast waves of between two and five feet from California to Washington state. A tsunami advisory has been issued for the Washington coast, which means that widespread inundation and flooding is NOT expected. However, currents in the area may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrives.

Everyone at The B-Town Blog sends our prayers and best wishes to all those affected by this disaster.

Here’s the county’s full statement:

While the effects of the Japan tsunami are not expected to significantly impact King County, our Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the situation. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the disaster.

If you are looking for information about relatives who may have been affected by the quake and tsunami, you can check in with the American Red Cross Safe and Well Program or call the U.S. Department of State at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225. For the latest news about this incident, including links to Twitter accounts and other resources, visit the American Red Cross online newsroom.

After the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) issued an alert for the U.S. West Coast. Around 8:45 a.m. Pacific Time, a small wave of about 4.5 inches was recorded on the Seattle waterfront. The tsunami was smaller than a high tide, and no damage has been reported. Tsunami waves between two and nine feet were reported in Hawaii overnight, and the PTWC forecasted waves of between two and five feet from California to Washington state. A tsunami advisory has been issued for the Washington coast, which means that widespread inundation and flooding is NOT expected. However, currents in the area may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrives.

While King County escaped harm this time, today’s tragedy in Japan serves as a reminder that our region is also at high risk from natural disasters. Take time to prepare now, before an emergency strikes. The Washington State Emergency Management Division offers these tips.

  • Review your disaster plan and preparedness procedures with your household.
  • Check on neighbors, especially the elderly, and review the disaster plan with them.
  • Listen to local media and monitor the Internet in an emergency, and be ready to follow instructions.

For more informaiton on tsunamis and planning for emergencies, visit www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/residents_business/Hazards_Disasters/Tsunamis.aspx

Here are some amazing videos showing footage of the tsunami’s effect on Japan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeX839CuU5o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4coi8rgULZ4

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One Response to “4.5-Inch Wave Hits Seattle; ‘Japan Tsunami Not A Threat To Puget Sound’”
  1. Greg Duff says:

    My prayers go out to those affected by the earthquake and sunami. Most of us cannot imagine what they must be going through. We have many people in Burien with family and friends in the affected areas and we send our best thoughts for a happy outcome.

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