Before many residents were even notified Tuesday morning, authorities at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service canceled a tsunami watch for the central and north coasts of Oregon and the south coast of Washington.
“A small tsunami was observed in Alaska, but this event does not pose a threat to the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon,” a NOAA report stated at 4:28 a.m. “Once again, the tsunami watch has ended for the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon.”
At 12:31 a.m. local time on Jan. 22, there was a magnitude 7.9 earthquake 174 miles from Kodiak, Alaska, which triggered a tsunami watch for the surrounding areas. Tsunami watches are an advance notice to areas that could be impacted by a tsunami at a later time. Watch areas may be upgraded to a warning or advisory status, or canceled, based on new information.
A statement released by the City of Newport said, “In the event of a local earthquake and tsunami, residents must be prepared to evacuate to higher ground immediately. The grounds shaking from the earthquake will be your first warning of a possible local tsunami.”
Western Lane Emergency Operations Group (WLEOG) offers local information about emergency preparedness. For more information and the Florence Tsunami Evacuation Map, visit wleog.org/tsunami_flood.
An update on the City of Florence Facebook page said, “Today’s warning is a great reminder to prepare for tsunamis by learning evacuation routes, creating a go-kit for your family and signing up for emergency alerts.”
The city’s emergency preparedness site is ci.florence.or.us/em.
People who wish to sign up for storm warnings or tsunami alerts should visit www.weather.gov/subscribe to determine the best way they wish to receive notice. Additional resources are available at tsunami.gov and weather.gov.