Tsunami Warning Issued for North Coast
Humboldt State Campus Safely Above Inundation Area
A Tsunami Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the coastal
areas of Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte counties, prompted by a severe earthquake
near Honshu, Japan. A series of tsunami waves is imminent or expected at the Northern
California coastline, creating some coastal flooding and powerful currents over a period
of several hours this morning.
The first tsunami waves are expected at the coast around 7:00 AM.
Humboldt County emergency authorities are expected to sound tsunami sirens and
initiate coastal evacuations by 6:30 AM. These evacuation efforts do NOT affect the
HSU main campus, which is well above the predicted area of inundation. There is no
need for anyone to leave the HSU campus because of this situation.
All persons are advised to stay out of the water, off the beach and away from docks,
harbors and marinas, where currents may be strong and unpredictable. Wave heights will
vary by location and are difficult to predict. There will be a number of surges, and the
initial one will likely not be the largest.
Staff at HSU satellite properties near the bay and coastline should exercise caution and
follow directions in National Weather Service advisories. There is no historic record of a
tsunami wave ever reaching the main HSU campus.
Stay tuned to local media or NOAA weather radio for updates, or visit the National
Weather Service website for Humboldt County advisories at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/