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Communities along the West Coast Prepare for Tsunami

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MOCLIPS, Wash. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies and firefighters in Washington's Grays Harbor County are knocking on doors in low-lying areas of the small coastal community of Moclips, handing out tsunami warning fliers and urging residents to evacuate. The road to the beach in Moclips is blocked off with yellow tape. The flier warns "This is not a drill," adding that an initial tsunami wave of around 3 feet is forecast for the area between 7:00 and 8:00 Friday morning after a massive earthquake in Japan. And the flier adds, "Following waves are expected to be larger." In Pacific County, the sheriff says an orderly evacuation is happening in Long Beach, Ilwaco and Ocean Park.

Residents living in low-lying areas along the Oregon coast are evacuating as a tsunami surges across the Pacific following a massive earthquake in Japan. In Tillamook County, residents living within a half-mile of the beach were urged to seek higher ground. There have also been evacuations in parts of Gearheart, Seaside and elsewhere. State officials say traffic was heavy on U.S. 101 near Florence early Friday because of people seeking higher ground. At least one hotel in Seaside has been evacuated. Guests were being moved to higher floors at another. Coastal communities were bracing for possibly damaging waves of up to 6 feet.