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Quake forces evacuations along West Coast

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SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) -- Traffic is heavy on U.S. 101 along the Oregon coast near Florence because of people evacuating low-lying areas.

Sirens sounded Friday morning in some communities to urge people to seek higher ground as a tsunami crossed the Pacific Ocean following a massive earthquake in Japan.

At least one hotel in Seaside has been evacuated. Guests were being moved to higher floors at another.

Coastal communities were bracing for possibly damaging waves of up to 6 feet.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A tsunami advisory spawned by the massive earthquake in Japan is prompting some beach closures in Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Malibu beach will be closed Friday as a precaution.

Police say Newport Beach in Orange County also will be closed.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says county beaches will be open but extra officers will be on patrol.

Areas south of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County area under a tsunami advisory.

The National Weather Service says wave heights of about 2 feet are expected.

 


 

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington state emergency management spokesman says two coastal counties are working on limited evacuations in advance of a tsunami expected after a massive earthquake in Japan.

In southwest Washington's Pacific County, Sheriff Scott Johnson says the county has activated its reverse 911 system, calling residents on the coast and in low-lying areas and asking them to stay calm but evacuate. He says an orderly evacuation is happening in Long Beach, Ilwaco and Ocean Park.

Johnson sheriff says buses are ready to pick up nursing home residents if needed.

State spokesman Rob Harper says the highest waves are expected on the central coast around Moclips at about 3 feet. Harper says Grays Harbor County is considering limited evacuations around Pacific Beach and Iron Beach.

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