Tsunami Alert for Coastside following massive quake in Japan, beaches and low lying areas should be evacuated

PRESS RELEASE

A strong earthquake has struck the Pacific Ocean and a Tsunami Warning is now in effect for California. These dangerous waves or tidal surges are expected to reach the San Mateo County between 7:30 and 8:00 AM Pacific Standard/Daylight Time. Tsunami waves may come ashore for several hours.

All beaches and low lying coastal areas should be evacuated immediately.

•Low-lying areas west of Highway 1, move to high ground east of the highway .

•Linda Mar area of Pacifica, evacuate to the east of Adobe Drive.
•El Granada, evacuate to the east of Coronado Street

If possible, leave the coast. Law enforcement personnel will direct you. If you have no other place to go, evacuation shelters are being established at:

-Terra Nova High School
-Oceana High School
-Farallone View Elementary School
-Pescadero High School

Stay tuned to local radio stations for additional information. Do not dial 9-1-1 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.

UPDATE: School has been canceled at all coastside schools following the tsunami warning. Half Moon bay High School and Farallone View Elementary are open as evacuation centers.

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