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Washington tribes evacuate coast in response to tsunami threats

At least three tribes conducted late night and early morning evacuations in response to tsunami advisories along the coast of Washington.

The Quileute Tribe evacuated about 350 to 400 people last night. The reservation sits in a tsunami and flood zone and the tribe is seeking approval from Congress to move to higher ground.

The National Weather Service said the first wave hit La Push, on the Quileute Reservation, just after 7am. It measured 1.7 feet.

The Makah Nation evacuated a few dozen people from the coast this morning although the rest of the reservation was not in danger. The National Weather Service said the first wave at Neah Bay measured about half a foot.

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe also evacuated four families this morning but they returned home after the threat subsided.

Tsunami advisories were in effect all along the coast due to the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan's eastern coast on Thursday.

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