NOAA’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami warning service has issued a Tsunami advisory for California and Oregon following the earthquake in Somoa earlier this morning.
The center said that waves up to 1 foot higher than regular waves should reach the West Coast around 9pm PDT.
A statement on the Center’s website reads “a tsunami advisory indicates a tsunami which may produce strong currents and is dangerous to those in or very near the water is expected. Large inundations are not expected in areas under advisory status. Advisories will be canceled, extended, or upgraded to a warning depending on the event severity. Advisories are issued when the expected tsunami amplitude is in the range of 0.3 to 1 meter.”
While the service says that there is no need to panic, people in low lying areas, or near the coast would be wise to put some space between themselves and the shoreline.