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Tsunami alert for BC coast

Last night's Chilean earthquake triggered a tsunami that could reach B.C. shores by 3:00 on Saturday afternoon. But B.C.'s own government website gives no hint of it.

While radio and print media carried the alert from the Provincial Emergency Notification System, the government's home page at 9:00 a.m. showed only Olympics stories and good-news media releases.

Searching the site turned up more news releases, the most recent dated April 5, 2009, and some general advice on what to do in a tsunami.

The Provincial Emergency Notification System does not appear to have its own page on the B.C. government website.

By contrast, a US website called Hawaii Tsunami offers a video of local TV news, plus print updates, evacuation maps, and a Twitter feed.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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