Tsunami advisory issued for Island’s West Coast

Local PEP have been advised to evacuate marinas and beaches after a Tsunami advisory was issued early Friday morning.

A Tsunami advisory has been issued for the West Coast of Vancouver island after an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the richter scale struck the north east coast of Japan.

The advisory was issued early Friday morning by Provincial Advisory Program.

The advisory covers the outer West Coast of Vancouver Island from Cape Scott to Port Renfrew, the North Coast and Haida Gwaii Islands, as well as the Central Coast including Bella Bella, Bella Coola and Shearwater.

The first waves in B.C. are expected to hit Langara Island in Haida Gwaii.

The waves are projected to hit Tofino at approximately 7 a.m. local time.

It’s not known exactly what magnitude of wave has been produced.

But the advisory notes that local PEP officials have been advised to evacuate marinas, beaches and other areas below the tide mark.