UPDATE: Tsunami Arrival for West Coast
I AM REPORTING FROM SAN DIEGO WHERE WE WILL GET 3-9 FOOT SURGE.
PLEASE SEND WEST COAST COMMENTS AND INFORMATION OVER THE NEXT TWO HOURS AS THE TSUNAMIS IMPACTS THE COASTLINE AND WE WILL GET THAT INFORMATION POSTED FOR OTHERS TO READ.
MID-MORNING UPDATE: YAHOO NEWS/AP REPORTS
HONOLULU – Tsunami waves swamped Hawaii beaches and brushed the U.S. western coast Friday but didn’t immediately cause major damage after devastating Japan and sparking evacuations throughout the Pacific.
Kauai was the first of the Hawaiian islands struck by the tsunami, which was caused by an earthquake in Japan. Water rushed ashore at least 11 feet high near Kealakekua Bay, on the west side of the Big Island, and reached the lobby of a hotel. Flooding was reported on Maui, and water washed up on roadways on the Big Island.
Scientists and officials warned that the first tsunami waves are not always the strongest and said residents along the coast should watch for strong currents and heed calls for evacuation.
“The tsunami warning is not over,” said Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “We are seeing significant adverse activity, particularly on Maui and the Big Island. By no means are we clear in the rest of the state as well.”
High waters reached the U.S. western coast by 11:30 a.m. EST Friday, after evacuations were ordered and beaches closed all along the coast.
EARLY MORNING UPDATE ON WARNING STATUS:
The National Weather Service has upgraded a tsunami watch to a tsunami warning for the West Coast including California, British Columbia, and Alaska.
The warning is in effect for coastal areas of California after a reported 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan Thursday night, a National Weather Service official said.
Tsunami warnings mean a “tsunami with significant widespread inundation is imminent or expected. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue to several hours after the initial wave arrival,” according to the Weather Service.
Sea levels are expected to rise off the coast of California by less than a foot by 7:30 a.m. in response to the earthquake, Anderson said.
He advised coastal California residents to stay away from the ocean this morning.