City of Edmonds closes beaches, piers Saturday due to tsunami advisory

Updated with news that tsunami advisory canceled.

The City of Edmonds on Saturday morning announced that all beaches and piers would be closed for public safety due to a tsunami advisory, following a volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean near Tonga.

“The tsunami is not expected to be damaging and rise in water is expected to be under 3 feet,” a City of Edmonds announcement said. “However, currents will be strong. The tsunami is expected to affect the Edmonds area beginning around 10:30 a.m.. The advisory will remain in effect for three hours after the last rise in water of 1 foot or higher.

The advisory was canceled early Saturday evening.

Tsusami sirens weren’t engaged since the tsunami was under 3 feet, the city said.

An All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) tsunami warning siren was installed atop a 40-foot pole at the foot of Dayton Street adjacent to the fishing pier in June 2021. It was one of 121 such warning sirens installed and funded by the State of Washington in high-risk locations throughout Washington’s inner and outer coastal areas.


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