Tsunami warning set for noon today (July 1)

The All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) sirens will sound along the Clallam County waterfront at noon today (Monday, July 1), in efforts to warn people of possible area emergencies.

Local sirens will sound for three minutes with a wailing noise to alert residents and visitors in the area to stay clear of low lying coastal areas and stay at higher ground as a tsunami produced from a distant earthquake could impact our shores.

The test will run for less than 30 seconds with sound of Winchester Chimes followed by the message that this is only a test. Residents outside and within 4,000 feet of the sirens installed at local waterfront areas will hear the sound test.

County emergency officials urge locals to use the sound of the chimes as a reminder to add one more disaster readiness item to a “go bag” this month.

Visit www.usgs.gov/faq/natural-hazards to find additional information on resources and recommendations about earthquakes and tsunamis.

Learn more about the Tsunami Ready Community projects on the Olympic Peninsula by contacting Jamye Wisecup at jwisecup@co.clallam.wa.us, or Anne Chastain at achastain@co.clallam.wa.us in Clallam County, or Willie Bence at wbence@co.jefferson.wa.us in Jefferson County.

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