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Date Released: 2/27/2010
Subject: Tsunami Update
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: N/A
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: Humboldt County

The Pacific Basin, including Humboldt County, experienced a tsunami this afternoon. There have been no reports of damage or injuries in the county. The first wave action in Humboldt Bay was observed at the North Spit tidal gauge (inside the bay) just after 1:30 p.m. Some witnesses described the event as a quick change of tides. Many witnesses said they did not notice anything unusual.

It is important to note that the wave action generated by a tsunami can last for hours. Dangerous currents may still exist and citizens are encouraged to use caution near beaches, harbors and bays.




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