Our hearts go out to the people in Japan who suffered mass destruction and devastation last night when an 8.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan - the largest to ever be recorded on the island nation. Dozens of aftershocks have followed since, along with a tsunami, which isn't uncommon after such a great mass movement of the earth. The underwater earthquake went on for over 3 minutes...triggering tsunami alerts to faraway coastal regions, even here - the San Francisco Bay Area.
The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services earlier this morning issued a voluntary alert for Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Pescadero and other coast side communities. There is NO THREAT to Bay side communities, which includes Brisbane. However, emergency crews are asking the public NOT TO gather or drive towards the coastal area/beaches at this time as this can interfere with their evacuation efforts.
Thank you for your assistance to our neighboring communities.