September 29, 2009 (San Diego) 4:30 p.m. -- Federal experts have issued a tsunami advisory for possible dangerous currents in coastal areas of California and Oregon following a magnitude-8 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says an 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.
From the Nationwl Weather Service Bureau in San Diego:
PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE
WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.
TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR
WATER IS IMMINENT OF EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION
IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS IN AN ADVISORY. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF
WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL
TIME. ESTIMATED TIMES OF INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL FOR SELECTED
SITES IN THE ADVISORY ARE PROVIDED BELOW.
SANTA BARBARA-CA 2111 PDT SEP 29 SAN FRANCISCO-CA 2131 PDT SEP 29
LA JOLLA-CA 2116 PDT SEP 29 CHARLESTON-OR 2132 PDT SEP 29
CRESCENT CITY-CA 2120 PDT SEP 29 SEASIDE-OR 2205 PDT SEP 29
FOR ARRIVAL TIMES AT ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS SEE