Tsunami warning: Stay away from beaches and boats

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Tsunami warning: Stay away from beaches and boats

Through Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
to Sat 15 Jan 2022 at 8:39

The National Weather Service has issued a tsunami warning for the west coast due to seismic activity near Tonga last night. Although no evacuation is necessary, an alert message from the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services warns local residents to “stay away from beaches and low-lying coastal areas, avoid boating from boating and fishing for the next few hours”.

According to the National Weather Service’s Eureka office Facebook page, waves can reach heights of 1 to 3 feet, and “strong rip currents and coastal flooding” are expected.

The Redwood Coast Tsunami Task Force reports that the local tsunami surge is “modest” but arrives near high tide with a strong surge.

“Don’t go to the coast to watch,” the group warns on its Facebook page. “You’re unlikely to see anything of interest, but the combination of storm waves and tsunamis could cause sudden, unexpected surges along the beach.”

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