714 As related to me just now by The Wife™ from the next room:
The AP has just reported that a Richter 8.3 undersea quake has been reported as having occurred off the coast of Japan, and that an estimated 3-4 foot tsunami is expected to impact somewhere along the coast of Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido.
We're a little bit unclear on this next point, but we hear that there is either a tsunami watch or warning for the Pacific Northwest coast on now, and will probably be in effect until about 0300 local. Since the waves expected to hit Hokkaido are merely 3-4 feet in height we expect little or no effect on the Oregon coast, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
A tsunami watch for the Oregon coast is serious indeed. A time to really worry is if the warning is issued for Saint Johns.
Tags: tsunami, oregon coast, earthquake