An 8.3 magnitude earthquake that caused a tsunami in Samoa has resulted in a tsunami advisory for the Oregon coast. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the advisory, saying a mild tsunami – up to two feet – could arrive on the coast about 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
“A Tsunami Advisory means that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is imminent or expected,” the NWS said in a bulletin. “Significant, widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.”
The tsunami does not pose a threat to homes or structures along the shoreline, and no evacuations are planned. Officials are stressing this will result in only larger than normal waves, many of which may not be noticeable.Here in Pacific City, high tide was happening during the expected wave, it was also raining pretty hard, so lot of water. The wave would be a tsunami, but hardly noticeable as any storm surge produces much bigger waves. The following surge up the coastal rivers would hardly register.
The Tsunami might take the sand from some beaches and on some steeper beaches, there may be some erosion.
Here at The Craftsman B&B, Laura was reading her book and Mike was watching a movie. Not wanting to stand in the rain to watch a 3 foot wave, in the dark. I guess we lived at the beach long enough to know not to worry about a tsunami that was triggered on the other side of the world.