No Tsunami Threat for Grays Harbor Following 8.0 Earthquake

The Washington Coast saw no tsunami threat last night following an 8.0 earthquake in the Santa Cruz Islands near Papua New Guinea.

January 26th marked the 313th anniversary of the great Cascadia Earthquake of 1700. Ted Buehner with the National Weather Service said that if the Santa Cruz quake were to happen on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the effects to the area could be dire. If a quake hit off our coast today, we could see a tsunami within 30 minutes.

A tsunami was observed near the quake, but there was no watch, warning, or advisory for Washington said Grays Harbor Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace.

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