If you feel a strong earthquake, keep calm and quickly move to higher ground away from the coast. Most of the UCSB campus should not be affected by tsunamis, except for the beach and lagoon areas.

A strong earthquake can generate a tsunami within minutes. However, most tsunamis are formed by earthquakes that have occurred hundreds or even thousands of miles away. These earthquakes are not felt locally and thus provide no advanced warning to residents. “Tsunami waves” can travel through the water at speeds of up to 500 mph, and are sometimes preceded by a noticeable rise or fall of coastal waters.

Do not use Hwy 217 to evacuate during a tsunami warning due to its low elevation.

ocean waves splashing on breakwater