Tsunami advisory for BC coast

  • Feb. 27, 2010 6:00 a.m.

BC was upgraded to a tsunami advisory level at 7 a.m. Saturday following an earthquake magnitude 8.8 off the coast of Chile.The advisory includes all coastal BC., and means there’s a possibility of strong local currents. Provincial officials said no significant wave was expected but low-lying coastal areas and beaches are at risk. Experts predict a first wave arrival time of 3:11 pm in southern BC, later here on Haida Gwaii.Persons in tsunami advisory areas should move out of the water, off the beach and out of harbours and marinas.The provincial emergency program will issue updated information as it becomes available.