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Tsunami triggers quirky current at Port Angeles Boat Haven

The marina in Port Angeles is showing signs of the effects of the tsunami triggered by that earthquake off Japan.

Port Angeles Boat Haven Harbormaster Chuck Faires tells KONP the water in the marina is dropping 52 inches every 12 minutes and then flowing back into the marina at about the same rate.

He says the process has picked up since about 10:30 this morning.

Faires likened it to a fast tide change and says there has been no damage to the boats or marina facilities.

 

Information provided by KONP radio.


 

TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT - STAY AWAY FROM THE BEACHES OR THE WATER -


SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
657 AM PST FRI MAR 11 2011

WAZ001-503-506-510-514>517-111700-
SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY- ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-
657 AM PST FRI MAR 11 2011

..A TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST AND THE LAND AREAS ADJACENT TO THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA AND THE NORTHERN INLAND WATERS...

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE WASHINGTON COAST AS WELL AS THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA...ADMIRALTY INLET AREA...AND THE SAN JUANS.

A POWERFUL MAGNITUDE 8.9 EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED THURSDAY NIGHT IN EASTERN JAPAN. THE LEADING EDGE OF THE WAVE FRONT WILL ARRIVE ON THE WASHINGTON COAST AROUND 702 AM PST THIS MORNING.

THE FOLLOWING ARE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIMES FOR THE INITIAL WAVE.

NEAH BAY...710 AM PST.
LA PUSH...711 AM PST.
WESTPORT...725 AM PST.
PORT ANGELES...748 AM PST.

THE FOLLOWING ARE ESTIMATED WAVE AMPLITUDES.

MOCLIPS...3.9 FEET.
LONG BEACH...2.6 FEET.
WESTPORT...1.8 FEET.
NEAH BAY...1.3 FEET.
BELLINGHAM...1 FOOT.
PORT ANGELES...0.9 FOOT.

REPEAT...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST AND THE LAND AREAS ADJACENT TO THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA AND THE NORTHERN INLAND WATERS.

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY MEANS THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES HAZARDOUS TO PEOPLE IN OR VERY NEAR THE WATER IS EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED IN THE ADVISORY AREA. SOME AREAS COULD EXPERIENCE DANGEROUS CURRENTS AND SURGES IN HARBORS OR BAYS.

THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. COASTAL RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER...OFF THE BEACH...AND AWAY FROM HARBORS AND MARINAS. WAVE HEIGHTS AND CURRENTS ARE AMPLIFIED BY IRREGULAR SHORELINE AND ARE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT. THE TSUNAMI MAY NOT BE VISIBLE AMONG THE COMMON OCEAN SURF...YET TIDE GAGES WILL LIKELY REPORT SOME FLUCTUATIONS.

MARINERS IN WATER DEEPER THAN 600 FEET SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY A TSUNAMI.


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