OAKLAND - Residents in parts of northern California evacuated their homes on Friday as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan bore down on the US and Canadian west coast.
The tsunami could reach 6 feet (2 meters) when it hits parts of the northern California coast, a state emergency agency spokesman said.
Authorities in Oregon advised coastal residents to evacuate and schools were to be closed along the coast.
Canada issued tsunami advisories for parts of British Columbia. The government said it believed a low-level tsunami had been generated that could affect buildings on the coast or create strong currents in harbors and isolated coastal areas. Local governments were advised to immediately evacuate marinas, beaches and other areas below the normal high tide mark.