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Tsunami Procedures

A local earthquake may generate tsunami waves that can reach shore in minutes. If you are on the beach or other low-lying area close to the ocean or bay, immediately evacuate by walking to higher ground if:

  • Officials issue a tsunami warning and order evacuations.
  • You hear the Outdoor Warning System.
  • The earth shakes so much that you can’t stand.
  • Shaking lasts longer than 20 seconds; and/or
  • You notice water receding from the shoreline.