Tsunami brings storm-like waves to Wash. coast

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Posted: Mar 11, 2011 12:15 PM
Tsunami brings storm-like waves to Wash. coast

Active waves similar to any stormy day on the coast were the only sign that a tsunami had arrived in Washington.

The National Weather Service predicted the waves caused by an earthquake in Japan to reach 3 feet or more on the Washington coast Friday, but higher waves could come later.

About 60 people had evacuated to Grays Harbor Fire District No. 8 in Moclips. Volunteer firefighter Cathy Bisiack said a group of mostly elderly residents were enjoying a pancake breakfast and watching the news on TV when the waves started to hit.

The evacuation in Moclips was recommended but not mandatory.