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NEWS RELEASE · 27th February 2010
PEP
Tsunami Notification Bulletin #3
This is an important bulletin from the Provincial Emergency Notification System.

A large earthquake magnitude 8.8 has occurred off the coast of Chile, South America.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a TSUNAMI ADVISORY for Coastal British Columbia.

Tsunami Advisory means that there is a possibility of strong localized currents. No significant inundation is expected, but low-laying exposed coastal areas and beaches may be at risk. This would include Notification Zones A, B, C, D. Best scientific information indicates that Zone E is at the least significant risk.

•ZONE A - The North Coast and the Queen Charlotte Islands
•ZONE B - The Central Coast including Bella Bella, Bella Coola and Shearwater
•ZONE C - The Outer West Coast of Vancouver Island from Cape Scott to Port Renfrew
•ZONE D - The Juan de Fuca Strait from Jordan River to Greater Victoria, including the Saanich Peninsula
•ZONE E - The Georgia Basin including the Gulf Islands and low lying areas from Greater Vancouver North to Campbell River
Experts predict a first wave arrival time of 15:07 PST at the Souther BC Coastline with wave amplitude of 0.2 m

Wave arrival for Tofino is predicted for 15:15 PST with a wave amplitude of 0.5 m

Recommended Actions:
Local Governments may consider activating their emergency plans to ensure that persons currently in areas exposed to open ocean are encouraged to move to higher, less exposed ground. Persons in low-lying coastal areas should be alert to instructions from their Local Emergency Officials.

The Provincial Emergency Program will issue updated information as it becomes available.

This Bulletin is issued at 10:30 PST, Saturday, February 27, 2010.

Map attached below

Original Alert
This is an important bulletin from the Provincial Emergency Notification System.

Please Note: There is a very low threat anticipated for the North Coast, Will will update as the day progresses

A large earthquake magnitude 8.8 has occurred off the coast of Chile, South America.

The West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre has upgraded British Columbia to a TSUNAMI ADVISORY LEVEL. The Tsunami Advisory includes all of Coastal British Columbia.

Tsunami Advisory means that there is a possibility of strong localized currents. No significant inundation is expected, but low-laying coastal areas and beaches are at risk.

EXPERTS PREDICT A FIRST WAVE ARRIVAL TIME OF 15:11 PST AT THE SOUTHERN BC COASTLINE.

Recommended Actions:
Local Governments may consider activating their Emergency Plans including evacuating marinas, beaches and other areas that are below normal high tide mark. Persons in Tsunami Advisory areas should move out of the water, off the beach and out of harbours and marinas.

The Provincial Emergency Program will issue updated information as it becomes available.

A Tsunami BC Coastal Zone map is attached below.