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Preparations urged amid tsunami advisory for California

The tsunami advisory issued for the California coast predicts wave fluctuations of up to 2 feet, but officials said most people won't notice the difference.

According to a bulletin from the National Weather Service, the fluctuation will last about 30 minutes beginning after 12 p.m. in San Diego and La Jolla, then moving north. The warning covers San Pedro at about 12:15 p.m., Santa Monica at 12:25 p.m. and Santa Barbara at 12:31 p.m.

The massive earthquake that struck near the coast of central Chile has prompted the advisory. Forecasters said widespread inundation is not expected, and officials don't believe there is a major threat of damage.

The NWS urged residents to stay away from the ocean through the early afternoon as a precaution, though forecasters stressed they don't expect damage. "Wave fluctuation" of 2 feet or less is possible at Santa Monica Pier around 12:25 p.m.

"The Coast Guard strongly encourages waterfront users to take extra precautions in preparation for the possibility of a surge, to include securing vessel mooring arrangements and possible sources of pollution," according to a U.S. Geological Survey statement.

Another tsunami warning was issued last year after a large quake in the South Pacific prompted some lifeguards to clear local beaches. But there was no damage, and most people at the beach could not detect any changes.

The advisory was issued after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck about 200 miles southwest of Santiago, Chile, according to the U.S. Geological Survey

-- Ruben Vives and Shelby Grad

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A few months ago there was a tsunami warning, which was cancelled a full 8 hours before the surge was supposed to get here.

Someone decided it would be a good opportunity for a drill, so the decision to evacuate the beaches and harbor was given. It was a fiasco, with the lifeguards telling everyone to evacuate to higher ground "Immediately!"

There wasn't even a ripple. What did we learn? Not to listen to the warnings. There's an official tsunami warning web site: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/?region=2 I'll listen to them instead of our local authorities.

Someday there will be a real emergency, but we have to filter out the "Better safe than sorry" people who think evacuating as a drill is a good idea, long after the Tsunami web site cancels the warning.

I think the people in the burn areas learned that if they evacuate they will be doing noting but evacuating every time there's rain in the prediction.

Than they can't get home for three days.


I wonder what Chilean sin Pat Robertson Will blame this one on.

Do you own a boat in the Marina? Worry.
Do you usually do yoga on the beach? Don't today.

Otherwise, it doesn't seem like a big deal. The gap between the headlines and somber warnings and actual content are rather stunning. The two reporters do an excellent job of providing the critical information - at the bottom of the article. The lead seems buried.

I wonder if Sean Penn is going to go down to Chile and hand out bottles of water while getting his photo taken.


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