Santa Cruz County has issued an evacuation advisory in response to a tsunami expected to hit the Bay Area this morning as a result of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan that struck at 9:46 p.m. Thursday Pacific Standard Time.
Residents who live in an inundation zone, or coastal or low-lying areas, are being told to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground, county spokesman Enrique Sahagun.
Reception areas are established at Davenport Fire Department Community Center, Jade Street Park in Capitola, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium at 307 Church St. in Santa Cruz, Resurrection Church at State Park Drive, and Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds off East Lake Avenue, Sahagun said.
For assistance or for further information call (831) 458-7150.
Santa Cruz police reported that roads to Santa Cruz Beach Flats area, including the Boardwalk and Wharf, are closed due to the tsunami warning.
The closures include Beach Street at the Wharf, Riverside Avenue at Third Street, Laurel Street Extension at Third Street, and Pacific Avenue at Center Street.
Roads will reopen once the warning has lifted, officials said.