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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 11, 2011

County responds after Japanese 'quake

No local impacts were felt in King County following the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but county emergency management officials were still monitoring the situation Friday morning.

"Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this disaster," said County Executive Dow Constantine. "While the tsunami didn't affect King County, our Office of Emergency Management has been on top of developments and coordinating with our partners throughout the region."

At around 8:45 a.m. Pacific time today, a small wave of 4.5 inches was recorded on the Seattle waterfront. The tsunami was smaller than a high tide, and no damage has been reported.

Those looking for information about relatives who may have been affected by the quake and tsunami in Japan can check in with the American Red Cross Safe and Well Program or call the U.S. Department of State at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225. The American Red Cross offers the latest news about the disaster in Japan, including links to Twitter accounts and other resources.

"This tragedy overseas reminds us that our region is also at high risk from natural disasters," said Executive Constantine. "The time to prepare is before emergency strikes."

The state Emergency Management Division offers these emergency preparedness tips.

  • Review your disaster plan and preparedness procedures with your household.
  • Check on neighbors, especially the elderly, and review your disaster plan with them.
  • Listen to local media and monitor the Internet in an emergency, and be ready to follow instructions.

The county's Tsunami and Seiche page offers more information on tsunamis and planning for emergencies. Bellevue offers information and resources for preparing for emergencies.

Residents can sign up to receive e-mails or texts from Bellevue regarding a major emergency here. 

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