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Messages for U.S. Citizens in 2011

Tsunami Warning for Honduras Friday, March 11

March 11, 2011

To: All American Citizens
From: American Citizens Services Unit, Consular Section

This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing on the Pacific coast of Honduras of a tsunami wave which is anticipated to hit land between 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time on March 11, 2011.

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean near Northeastern Japan at around 2:46 pm JST on March 11, causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific Ocean. The Honduran Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO) have issued green alert for a tsunami in the southern Pacific coast of Honduras. Please visit the COPECO website for more information on alerts specific to Honduras.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), "sea level readings confirm that a tsunami has been generated which could cause widespread damage... A tsunami is a series of waves and the first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami wave heights cannot be predicted and can vary significantly along a coast due to local effects. The time from one tsunami wave to the next can be five minutes to an hour, and the threat can continue for many hours as multiple waves arrive. When no major waves are observed for two hours after the estimated time of arrival or damaging waves have not occurred for at least two hours then local authorities can assume the threat is passed. Danger to boats and coastal structures can continue for several hours due to rapid currents. As local conditions can cause a wide variation in tsunami wave action, the all clear determination must be made by local authorities." For more information on tsunami preparation, please visit the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration website at http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/tsunami.php.

NOAA anticipates that the waves will arrive at the following times: Amapala, Honduras at 4:56 p.m. on March 11, 2011.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section, located at on Avenida La Paz in Tegucigalpa; telephone (504) 2238-5114, after hours telephone (504) 2236-8497; Consular Section fax (504) 2238-4357; E-mail: usahonduras@state.gov; Webpage: http://honduras.usembassy.gov

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). American citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the tsunami warning and will issue updated messages. U.S. citizens are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents at all time (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID's, etc.) or secure them in safe, waterproof locations. We also suggest that U.S. citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts. Please continue to monitor the Embassy's website http://honduras.usembassy.gov/ for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information for Honduras, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

For information from the Honduran Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO), including the national alerts from the Honduran government, please visit: http://copeco.gob.hn/n/

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy is located on Avenida La Paz in Tegucigalpa; telephone (504) 2238-5114, after hours telephone (504) 2236-8497; Consular Section fax (504) 2238-4357; E-mail: usahonduras@state.gov; Webpage: http://honduras.usembassy.gov