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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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Comments (12)
  1. JAB says:

    Earth quakes in New Zealand, Japan, and the biggest eruption in years on Hawaii. Where’s the next one going to hit. Be prepared.

    1. Duh! says:

      Really?? You don’t know??
      Have you heard of the Pacific Ring of Fire?

      I would say the next one will be in that area. Not someplace like Greece.

    2. TMZ says:

      The next one will hit beneath Charlie Sheen’s house and he’s gonna tweet “AWESOME” right after it…

      1. ms says:

        good one add to that beneath Gaddafi and Abdula saleh

  2. Lenny says:

    Yep, a horrible thought but a realistic one.
    Enjoy life today.

  3. Mozlover says:

    This is scary, my parents live in Monterey ca

  4. Norma says:

    Leave it to the news media to try instill panic and a gloom and doom prediction for the total destructiuon of California by a 1″ wave. We close our beaches thereby destroying the businesses in those areas. We pay the police to stand by a guard gate and collect double overtime for doing nothing. No wonder California’s economy is in dire straights. Realistic precautions are one thing but we are wasting time and resources trying to panic the citizens.

    1. james mihalka says:

      The earthquake in Feb in Chile caused a tsunami in the Ventura harbor and people complained that the authorities did not evacuate and take precautions, so now they do evacuate and take precautions and you complain again. By the way the wave was 6 feet high when it hit Cresent City CA and Santa Cruz and one person was killed in Crescent City and several hundreds of thousands of dollars damage in Santa Cruz. The rest of us are tired of you complainers who did not get what you wanted when you were a baby, or your mom bid not breast feed you enough. Grow up you are what is wrong with America today.

  5. joann says:

    Have you though maybe the fish knew something was about to happen in the under sea that caused them to move in closer to shore causing a mass dying off? what next? pay attention.

  6. JAB says:


    I think your name says it all. You really pinpointed the location. Have you ever seen how encompassing the Pacific Ring of Fire is? Try an IQ test and see if you score above 90.

  7. Brian says:

    LOS ANGELES THE BIG ONE IS GOING TO COME AND 90% of the city is going to go into the ocean it is going to strike at 8am the beging of the work day
    and LA county at the palmdale is going to be beach front property :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) but while all this is happening am going to have a icy cold beer non draft

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