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NWS: Guam to get minimal waves at 1pm

by Michele Catahay

Guam - The National Weather Service says Guam should not expect anything great when it comes to a potential tsunami. NWS Meteorologist Paul Stanko says the island could receive waves up to 1' in the open ocean. However, residents are still highly urged to take precaution with the seas. He says Guam doesn't have anything to worry about since the height of the land is rapid.

This means our slopes are high and there's not enough time for massive waves to build up. The most the island can expect is an increase of 2-3' in extra surf at around 1pm today. While residents are told by the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense to stay away from the beaches, Stanko is asking people to pull back from the shorelines - more specifically in the east or south of the island to include Mangilao, Talofofo Bay, Inarajan and possibly even as far down as Merizo.

A Tsunami Warning was issued last night to areas in Pacific Region, including Hawaii and Guam, after Chile experienced an earthquake registering 8.8 on the Richter Scale.

For the time being, all public beaches remain closed.

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