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Date Released: 3/11/2011
Subject: Tsunami Warning
Contact: Phillip Smith-Hanes
Case No#: N/A
Released By: Phillip Smith-Hanes

Location: Humboldt County

Residents of Humboldt County, California, are waking up this morning to a tsunami warning which has been issued for coastal areas of California due to a strong earthquake that occurred at about 9:46 p.m. last night near the east coast of Honshu Island, Japan. While our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan, our immediate concern is protecting the coastal residents of our community.

A tsunami warning means that all coastal residents in the warning area who are near the beach or in low-lying areas should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets, including those sheltered directly from the sea.

The first wave is expected to arrive in humboldt County at approximately 7:30 a.m. At this time, warning sirens are being activated in coastal areas of Humboldt County to notify residents of the strong possibility of tsunami waves.

Law enforcement is advising residents in low-lying coastal communities to go to higher ground until wave action subsides, which may be as long as 12 hours after the first wave. Residents are reminded that the first wave of a tsunami event will likely not be the strongest. Residents should listen to local media or NOAA weather radio for updates.





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