Tsunami Warning for Alaska and British Columbia

This alert expired on January 23, 2018 at 1:16:42 PM +0000
National Tsunami Warning Center
Alert area: Coastal areas between and including The Wash./BC Border to Attu, Alaska

Posted January 23, 2018 at 11:16:42 AM +0000

The tsunami Warning remains in effect for the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from The Wash./BC Border to Attu, Alaska. - Event details: Preliminary magnitude 7.9 (Mwp) earthquake / Lat: 56.000, Lon: -149.100 at 2018-01-23T09:31:41 UTC Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is expected or occurring. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents are possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

Recommended actions

Actions to protect human life and property willvary within tsunami warning areas.If you are in a tsunami warning area: Evacuate inland or to higher ground above and beyond designated tsunami hazard zones or move to an upper floor of a multi-story building depending on your situation.If you are in a tsunami watch area: Prepare to take action and stay alert for further information.Additional Information and Next Update: The tsunami message will remain in effect until further notice. Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. This message will be updated in 30 minutes or sooner if the situation warrants.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • During
    Stay away from the beach.
    Tsunamis can travel hundreds of miles per hour, so you can’t escape if you’re close enough to see one.
    If you’re on the beach and the tide suddenly goes out, head inland immediately.
    A tsunami is coming and you may only have minutes to escape.
    If instructed to evacuate, leave immediately with your family and pets.
    Even a short delay to pack possessions could put you in danger.
    Move to higher ground.
    Find a place that’s at least 100 ft (30 m) above sea level or 2 mi (3 km) inland.
    Help children, seniors, and people with disabilities reach safety.
    They may not be able to do so on their own.

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