U.S. cities on Pacific under tsunami warning
A NOAA graphic shows estimated tsunami travel times across the Pacific after Friday's powerful quake in Japan.
March 11th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

U.S. cities on Pacific under tsunami warning

The threat of a tsunami prompted the U.S. National Weather Service to issue a warning for cities along the Pacific Coast after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Friday.

Below is the estimated arrival time for the first tsunami wave to hit the following U.S. cities, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Craig, Alaska - 5:26 a.m (9:26 a.m. ET).

Neah Bay, Washington - 7:10 a.m. (10:10 a.m. ET)

Seattle - 8:44 a.m. (11:44 a.m. ET)

Oregon-Washington border - 7:12 a.m. (10:12 a.m. ET)

Cascade Head, Oregon (70 miles southwest of Portland) - 7:16 a.m. (10:16 a.m. ET)

Cape Mendocino, California - 7:17 a.m. (10:17 a.m. ET)

Monterey, California - 7:44 a.m. (10:44 a.m. ET)

San Francisco - 8:08 a.m. (11:08 a.m. ET)

California-Mexico border - 8:47 a.m. (11:47 a.m. ET)

"The listing of a tsunami time does not mean that a wave is imminent," NOAA said on its website. "The listed arrival time is the intitial wave arrival. Tsunamis can be dangerous for many hours after arrival, and the initial wave is not necessarily the largest."

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