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Waves reach Oregon coast in the U.S.

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Waves from a tsunami caused by the earthquake in Japan have reached the U.S. mainland along the Oregon coast. High water reached Port Orford, Oregon, around 7:30 a.m. PST Friday according to geophysicist Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Warning sirens have been activated hours earlier by officials along the coast to alert people to leave low-lying areas. Some of the biggest waves of between 6 and 7.5 feet were expected to hit near Crescent City, California says the National Weather Service.

People from the coastal of Oregon, California and Washington have evacuated ahead of the waves to prevent any incidents from happening. While the Oregon National Guard has gone on standby, with 100 engineers in Newport and three helicopter crews in Salem ready to deploy into action if needed.

In Alaska, at Shemya in the Aleutian Islands 1.200 miles southwest of Anchorage , the tsunami caused a wave of just over 5 feet.