Central Coast waiting on the tsunami
March 11, 2011
Residents in Oceano, Cayucos, Port San Luis, and Grover Beach, Morro Bay, and Avila Beach were being told to evacuate and seek higher ground.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company declared an Unusual Event at its Diablo Canyon Power Plant Unit 1 and Unit 2 in Avila Beach. All plant safety systems and components remain in normal operating condition and both units are currently operating at 100 percent power. Some flooding might occur near the main entrance to the plant.
The Tsunami Watch/Warning comes in response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Thursday. Strong waves hit Hawaii early Friday morning, reaching as high as three feet on Oahu. Residents were evacuated in all the coastal areas.
The County Office of Emergency Services will be issuing bulletins throughout the day. Residents are advised to stay away from the ocean until further notice.