Humboldt County Tsunami Warning Sirens Sounded
Here is what Supervisor Mark Lovelace is saying on Facebook as of 5:30 this morning (Note this is also being released by the Sheriff’s office:
11 March 2011
Residents of Humboldt County, California, are waking up this morning to a tsunami warning which has been issued for coastal areas of California due to a strong earthquake that occurred at about 9:46 p.m. last night near the east coast of Honshu Island, Japan. While our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan, our immediate concern is protecting the coastal residents of our community.
A tsunami warning means that all coastal residents in the warning area who are near the beach or in low-lying areas should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets, including those sheltered directly from the sea. At this time, warning sirens are being activated in coastal areas of Humboldt County to notify residents of the strong possibility of tsunami waves.
Law enforcement is advising residents to go to higher ground until wave action subsides, which may be as long as 12 hours after the first wave. Residents are reminded that the first wave of a tsunami event will likely not be the strongest. Residents should listen to local media or NOAA weather radio for updates.
The Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center was activated at approximately 1:00 a.m. A Joint Information Center has been established by the County of Humboldt and the City of Eureka on the first floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka. The telephone number for press inquiries is (707) 268-2547.
RESIDENTS ARE ASKED NOT TO CALL 911 UNLESS AN EMERGENCY EXISTS AT THEIR LOCATION.
UPDATE 6:15 Times Standard is reporting on Facebook,
APD Chief Tom Chapman said police are evacuating the Arcata Bottoms and the low lying areas of Arcata, including South G Street, areas around the marsh and the bay. Residents in the Greenview area should also be on alert.
“It would be prudent for those residents to prepare themselves for evacuation, but I don’t know the necessity for t…hat at this moment,” he said.
Note: A volcano erupted in Indonesia also.
UPDATE 6:30: Japan evacuates residents around Nuclear power plant as cooling system fails.
UPDATE 6:35: Samoa near Eureka has been evacuated according to one resident. Ferndale sewer plant is withing tsunami zone according to Ferndale Enterprise.
Reminder here are evacuation maps for Humboldt and Del Norte.
UPDATE:6:45: Tsunami wave up to 5 feet in Humboldt maybe up to 8 in Del Norte according to Times Standard.
UPDATE 6:55: Academy of the Redwoods at CR is closed and so are Eureka schools and College of the Redwoods.
UPDATE 7:05: Times Standard tweets that PG&E asks residents to conserve energy. Humb. Bay Generating station shut down as a precaution. Also Arcata School’s shut down today.
UPDATE: 7:16 Centerville road closed at meridian near Ferndale. See map.
TIP: SMS text can get through when cellular voice calls can’t. Keep the network available for emergency communication.
UPDATE 7:30: Samoa bridge is closed. Humboldt County Courthouse is open. Jacoby Creek School and the Jacoby Creek is being evacuated.
UPDATE 7:35 Shelter Cove tsunami warning sirens sounded today.
UPDATE 7:40 according to KHSU Highway 101 south of Crescent City is closed. Power is out in downtown Eureka.
UPDATE 8:04 first wave (small) has hit and Mark Lovelace county supervisor is saying, “PG&E has shut down their power plant at King Salmon to allow their employees to evacuate. Due to this the area is experiencing rolling blackouts.