NOTICE OF WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION: Residents living near the Community Safety Building (Eighth St to Sixth St near Oakville Ave and Orchard Ave) may experience a water service outage until approximately 1pm today as unscheduled watermain repair and maintenance is underway. If you have questions, please call the Town's Engineering Department at 250-656-4502. We apologize for the inconvenience.   

Tsunami Information

A Tsunami is a series of ocean waves that are sometimes generated at the same time as an underwater earthquake. Large underwater landslides can also displace a great deal of water and generate a tsunami. A tsunami wave can race outward in all directions at speeds of up to 800 kilometres an hour and can reach heights of six to nine metres at the shoreline.

Tsunami Wave

What Should I Know About a Tsunami?

  • They have nothing to do with the tides or the weather and act differently from ordinary waves.
  • They can move through the ocean at intense speeds and be scarcely noticeable, even when passing under a boat.
  • The first wave of a tsunami is often not the largest; others may follow for a period of several hours.
  • Their danger lies in shallow waters, near shore.
  • Heights of the waves increase as the tsunami runs into river and coastal channels.

Types of Tsunami Alerts

Alert Level

Threat

Action

WARNING

Flood wave possible

Full evacuation suggested

ADVISORY

Strong currents likely

Stay away from the shore

WATCH

Danger level not yet known

Stay alert for more information

INFORMATION STATEMENT

Minor waves at most

No action suggested

CANCELLATION

Tidal gauges show no wave activity

Confirm safety of local areas

How Can I Prepare Myself For a Tsunami?

  • Sign up for Saanich Peninsula Alert to ensure you receive critical alerts during an emergency. Information regarding sheltering in place or evacuation instructions would be delivered over Saanich Peninsula Alert.
  • Create emergency kits for the purpose of sheltering in place, and grab-and-go in the event of an evacuation
  • Make a plan that includes designated meeting places and emergency contacts.