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Tsunami advisory canceled for Washington, Oregon coasts

The NWS canceled the tsunami advisory for the Washington and Oregon coasts Saturday evening.

SEATTLE — A tsunami advisory was canceled Saturday evening for the Washington and Oregon coasts following an underwater volcanic explosion near Tonga Friday night. 

The National Weather Services (NWS) said shortly before 5 p.m. that there is no longer any tsunami danger for the area. 

The advisory went into effect Saturday morning with waves projected to be 1-to-3 feet along the coastline spanning California up to Alaska. The advisory lasted until around 4:45 p.m.

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Emergency officials said people should avoid beaches and shorelines into the evening on Saturday due to the conditions created by tsunami waves. 

Emergency alerts went to residents in King and Snohomish counties, and many other locations across Puget Sound.

The NWS is still warning coastal residents of beach hazards with sneaker waves still possible. Sneaker waves can run up significantly higher on beaches than normal. 

People who put themselves in danger also endanger the lives of emergency responders, Washington emergency officials warned. 

As of 4:45 p.m., the NWS shared the following maximum wave heights for parts of Washington: 

  • Westport 15cm 
  • LaPush 33.5cm 
  • Neah Bay 27.4cm
  • Port Angeles 24.3cm

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