Tsunami watch: BART service in question 

BART said it might have to halt service during the peak of the Friday morning commute due to a tsunami that was expected to hit San Francisco and the Bay Area.

The tsunami was expected to reach the western coast at 8:08 a.m., the aftermath of a devestating 8.9 earthquake in Japan.

As of 7:30 a.m., BART service was running on schedule, but the agency said it might shut down service if the tsunami waves exceeded 8-feet in Crescent City, where the tsunami was expected to hit hardest in California. The latest report was that the waves were as high as 7-feet.

The agency feared tsunami conditions could affect underground stations and the Transbay Tube in the Bay.

“We don’t want electricity, passengers and our employees mixing with water,” Johnson said. “Safety is our number one priority.”

Coastal roadways were closed down due to the tsunami warning. Closures included the Great Highway in San Francisco. Muni rerouted bus lines that operated on the Great Highway. All other Muni service ran normally.

Hundreds of cars parked on the side of state Highway 92 as people evacuated coastal San Mateo County cities. The California Highway Patrol advised people to park elsewhere so emergency vehicles could get through the area.

Many of the cars were driven by people leaving low-lying coastal communities like Half Moon Bay, CHP said.

The vehicles were being encouraged to park along nearby Canada Road.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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