Authorities call off tsunami alert Tuesday


Early morning earthquake on Jan. 23 triggers 'watch'

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.


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