Massive earthquakes in Japan are sending tsunami waves toward North America, with alerts being issued for the western coast of the United States and Alaska, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.
“All residents within the warned area should be alert for instructions broadcast from their local civil authorities. A tsunami has been recorded,” the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.
According to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, the Tsunami Warning are in effect for the coastal areas of California and Oregon from Point Concepcion, California to the Oregon-Washington border, as well as the coastal areas of Alaska from Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak) to Attu, Alaska.
Additionally, the Tsunami Advisory continues in effect for the coastal areas of California from the California-Mexico border to Point Concepcion, California, and also for the coastal areas of Washington, British Columbia and Alaska from the Oregon-Washington border to Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak), the warning center said.
“A Tsunami Warning means that all coastal residents in the warning area who are near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets including those sheltered directly from the sea,” said the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in a statement, adding that “Those feeling the earth shake, seeing unusual wave action, or the water level rising or receding may have only a few minutes before the tsunami arrival and should move immediately. Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts. Do not stay in these structures.”
Tsunami warnings have also been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii and Canada.
At least 30 people are reported to have died in the 8.9-magnitude quake that struck 373 kilometers from the capital Tokyo and triggered tsunamis that swept cars, ships and buildings across swathes of farmland, according to Ria Novosti.