A tsunami advisory is in effect for the coastal areas of California between the Canadian and Mexican borders due to the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan yesterday afternoon. Southern California beaches have been closed and harbors evacuated as a precaution.
The initial tsunami wave is expected to arrive in Santa Barbara at 8:17 a.m. and in San Pedro at 8:32 a.m.
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Persons in tsunami advisory areas should move out of the water, off the beach and out of harbors and marinas. Tsunami advisories mean that a tsunami capable of producing strong imminent or expected.
Tsunamis are a series of waves potentially dangerous several hours after the initial arrival time.
Additional information was posted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:
Following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami striking northern Japan, the NOAA’s* National Weather Service West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Advisory for the coastal areas of Los Angeles County. A Tsunami Advisory indicates that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is expected. Significant, widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.
Current intelligence indicates a 1-3-foot surge may impact the coastline of Los Angeles County. The impact of this event has the potential of lasting 10-12 hours beginning at 8:00am PST. Mariners are advised to use caution and monitor the National Weather Service Tsunami Warning website along with the news for updates. Persons in the Tsunami advisory coastal areas should move out of the water and stay off the beach. Those in harbors and marinas should follow Coast Guard and Harbor Master recommendations. At this time evacuation of the Los Angeles County coastline is not expected.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and other public safety agencies have activated an Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation for this region. In addition to monitoring nes media reports, to obtain more information online and to register for alerts, see below:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.noaa.gov/
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/
Alert LA County Emergency Notification System:
Los Angeles County emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency. Register your cell phones and oher phones here: