First waves are expected to hit Hawaii at 2:59 a.m. local time and 7 a.m. on the West Coast of the continental United States.
A tsunami warning is in effect for parts or all of the states of Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The public is urged to check the phone book to determine if their residences are located in flood zones.
The public is urged to begin preparations to evacuate to higher ground if they are in flood zones.
Coast Guard cutter and aircraft crews are positioning themselves to be ready to conduct response and survey missions as soon as it is safe.
- As per the weather service advisories it is recommended, those living in tsunami warning areas near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets, including those sheltered directly from the sea.
- A tsunami warning means that a tsunami with significant widespread inundation is imminent or expected. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.