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Tsunami Warning for Western United States

Energy Map of the Tsunami from the National Weather Service

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan Friday setting off a tsunami in Japan and tsunami warnings along the west coast of the United States and Hawaii.

If you’re in Hawaii, you can find a list of evacuation centers and refuge sites (PDF) to go for safety.

Tsunami waves are expected to hit the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska later this morning.

Estimated times waves could reach major cities:

  • Juneau, Alaska - 5:43 a.m.
  • Fort Bragg, California - 7:28 a.m.
  • Newport, Oregon, 7:33 a.m.
  • San Francisco, California - 8:16 a.m.
  • Seattle, Washington - 8:51 a.m.

View the full list.

To get information on the whereabouts of American citizens in Japan you can call 888-407-4747 from the United States or Canada and 202-501-4444 from other parts of the world.

You can find more information about the earthquake and tsunamis from the State Department.