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Tsunami Warning Is Issued for U.S., Canada, Mexico After Quake

June 15 (Bloomberg) -- A tsunami warning was issued for the western coasts of the U.S., Canada and Mexico after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of California, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in an e-mail alert.

 

``A tsunami warning is in effect for the coast areas from the Californian-Mexico border to the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia inclusive,'' the alert said. ``It is not known -- repeat not known -- if a tsunami exists but a tsunami may have been generated.''

 

People in low lying coast areas should follow instructions from local emergency officials and anyone on beaches should move to higher ground. The tsunami threat will exist for several hours, according to the e-mail alert, which was received by Bloomberg News at about 8 p.m. California time.

 

The earthquake was located 300 miles (483 kilometers) northwest of San Francisco and struck at 7:51 p.m. local time, the center said.

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Tsunami Warning Canceled on West Coast After Quake (Update2)

June 14 (Bloomberg) -- A tsunami warning was canceled for the U.S. West Coast after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of California, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in an e-mailed alert.

 

A tsunami warning was previously issued for the coastal areas of the California-Mexico border to the northern tip of Vancouver, British Columbia, the West Coast Tsunami Warning Center said on its Web site. A warning indicated that coastal locations in the warned area should be prepared for flooding, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

The first earthquake, measuring a 7.4 on the Richter scale, struck at 6:50 p.m. San Francisco time, centering 90 miles northwest of Eureka, California. A second earthquake measuring a 5.1 hit over land at 7:57 p.m. 92 miles northeast of San Francisco.

 

No tsunami waves had been reported on the Northern California coast as of 8:45 p.m. local time, according to Tsunami Center geophysicist Bruce Turner. If a tsunami was created, the first waves would have hit Crescent City, California at 8:29 p.m. local time, according to a Tsunami Center bulletin estimate.

 

There was no threat of a tsunami at other areas of the Pacific Basin, the center said.

 

``This is a fairly small earthquake for a tsunami,'' Turner said, adding that it is standard procedure to issue a warning is a tsunami is possible. ``Right now, we're checking the coast for tide gages.''

 

A tsunami watch for the coastal areas of Vancouver to Sitka, a town of southeast Alaska was also canceled. A tsunami watch means a tsunami has not been confirmed, though a recent earthquake may have generated large waves that could affect the area.

 

 

 

To contact the reporter on this story:

Jessica Brice in San Francisco at  jbrice1

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I predict a quake in Japan...or do they happen before the west coasters?...like clock work

eric

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I think I should call my brother in Santa Cruz, while I still can! He is about 7 blocks from the water.

Soon to be 7 blocks INTO the water!!

:ooh2:

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I predict a large quake will hit the Cali coast in about two weeks.I always said if I went there it would happen.Fair warning people,I'll be there in two weeks.The Central Coast might never be the same.I know 02 won't! :rotfl:
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