Emergency Management BC has a Tsunami Warning and Alerting Plan in place and will convey warnings to our coastal communities as quickly as possible.
Tsunami WATCH - issued when a serious earthquake has occurred which may have generated a tsunami, and the possible tsunami travel time from the epicenter to any part of the B.C. coast is more than three hours
Tsunami WARNING - issued when evidence is received that a tsunami exists, or when a serious earthquake has occurred that may have caused a tsunami, and the tsunami travel time from the epicenter to any portion of the B.C. coast is three hours or less.
Key Information from Tsunami Warning Centers and the Province:
- Tsunamis are a series of waves generated by underwater earthquakes or landslides.
- If you are near water (the ocean or a watercourse that is proximal) and feel the earth shake, or see a sudden drop in the ocean level, seek high ground as quickly as possible
- DO NOT REMAIN ON THE BEACH
- It is optimal to get 10 meters above sea level
- Remain at a safe elevation until advised otherwise by emergency officials