Islanders advised to stay away from water Saturday afternoon

  • Feb. 27, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Islanders are advised to stay away from the water between 3 and 6 pm Saturday, after a tsunami advisory was issued by the Provincial Emergency Coordination System.All vessels should get off the water as soon as possible, and people in low-lying coastal areas should be prepared to move to higher ground. A wave of 0.16 metre in height is expected to arrive at Langara Island, at the north of Haida Gwaii, at 3:51 pm.According to emergency planning officials in Queen Charlotte, the threat may continue for several hours after that time.”It is not safe to stay on your vessel after 3:30 pm Saturday,” according to emergency planning officials.Further information may be found at www.pep.bc.ca/index.htmlThe tsunami advisory for the west coast was issued after a magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning.In Queen Charlotte, a designated reception area, complete with coffee and cookies, is open at the Eric Ross Room in the community hall.