LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A tsunami advisory spawned by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan is prompting beach closures across Southern California.
Tsunami-related waves may occur in San Pedro, Santa Monica and Newport Beach, according to the National Weather Service. Watch Eyewitness Footage From Japan
Video from Santa Cruz showed waves damaging boats in a harbor around 8:45 a.m.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says some beaches, including Malibu, will be closed Friday as a precaution.
Orange County officials have also closed access at all beaches, harbors and piers, warning residents to stay away from strong currents.
Deputy Jim Amormino tells KNX 1070 that officials are taking no chances after the massive quake.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says county beaches will be open, but extra officers will be on patrol.
Areas south of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County area are currently under a tsunami advisory.
The National Weather Service says wave heights of about two feet are expected, but they will pack a strong current.
The initial surges are expected at around 9:45 a.m.
Patrick Chen of the Holiday Surf hotel in Waikiki tells KNX 1070 that tsunami waves hit the Hawaiian islands earlier Friday.
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