Tsunami Warning In Effect For Boaters On Pacific Coast

Tsunami warnings have been issued along the Canadian and American Pacific coast after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan early Friday morning.The earthquake, the fifth largest over the last century, sent waves as high as 30 feet into the northeast coast of Japan, sweeping away boats, cars, and houses.According to police in Miyagi Prefecture, over 200 bodies have already been found in the city of Sendai alone, and the death toll is expected to rise as counts are accumulated across the coast.Over 30 aftershocks have been recorded, the highest measuring 7.1. Massive evacuations are currently underway as tens of thousands have already been taken to shelters.Meanwhile at least 50 countries have issued tsunami advisories or warnings.Hawaii has already been hit by reported waves of 2-7 feet, beginning shortly after 3 a.m. local time (8 a.m. ET). Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated that the waves will not cause major damage to the islands, but there could be scattered damage.Residents were warned to evacuate coastal areas, including getting boats out of the area if at all possible.Similar warnings have been placed on the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington. While the waves are not expected to be even as high as Hawaii, it is advised that all boaters and anglers refrain from fishing the coastlines and remain on shore.Waves are expected to hit the San Francisco Bay Area by 8 a.m local time (11 a.m. ET).BC put out a tsunami advisory, which is not as severe as a warning as waves are not expected to be over two feet. The Provincial Emergency Co-ordination Centre, however, urged the coastline to activate emergency plans for the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, northern B.C., and Haida Gwaii."People that are on the beaches could get knocked off their feet,? said Kelli Kryzanowski of Emergency Management B.C. to CBC News. ?This comes in as you can see with an incredible amount of force, so we do want people off the beaches as well as boats in harbors and marinas [that might] suffer some damage."The east coast of Vancouver Island and Vancouver are not expected to be under any threat.To keep up to date on all the top stories in fishing and boating related news, click here.

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