Weather Service Confirms Tsunami Is Hitting Washington's Coast - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

@ This Hour: Tsunami Hitting Washington's Coast

(Photo from KIROTV.Com) (Photo from KIROTV.Com)

MOCLIPS, Wash. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the tsunami is hitting the Washington Coast. Meteorologist Johnny Berg says the tsunami advisory is still in effect and waves are coming in, but he says he doesn't have details to offer about how high those waves are.

An AP photographer reports vigorous wave activity on the coast near Moclips, similar to any stormy day on the Washington Coast.

Residents had been urged to evacuate after a massive earthquake in Japan.

A tsunami wave of about 3.3 feet was forecast for the Washington Coast, but forecasters said later waves could be larger.

About 60 people had evacuated to Grays Harbor Fire District No. 8 in Moclips. Volunteer firefighter Cathy Bisiack says the group of mostly elderly residents are enjoying a pancake breakfast and
watching the news on TV.

      
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