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Small waves from tsunami likely to hit California on Friday morning; beaches might be cleared

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Officials said California could see small waves  Friday morning resulting from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan.

Cindi Preller of the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center told Fox 11 News that the tsunami could cause some unusually high tides but not major inundations.

It's possible that officials will ask that beaches be cleared as a precaution. She added that the situation on the California coast might be similar to the aftermath of last year's Chile quake. That quake caused some small waves but caused no major damage.

Officials said the tsunami-related waves would occur in Santa Monica at 8:39 a.m. and in Newport Beach at 8:45 a.m.

The latest alerts cover Japan, Russia, many Asian countries and Pacific islands, including Hawaii as well as many South and Central American countries such as Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Colombia.

In Hawaii, officials expect a wave could hit at 2:59 a.m. Hawaii time (4:59 a.m. PST).


Magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocks Japan

Tsunami warning includes Hawaii

PHOTOS: Scenes from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and its aftermath

-- Shelby Grad, Rong-Gong Lin II and Jill-Marie Jones

Image credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Comments () | Archives (31)

Thank you for keeping us up-to-date on this terrible situation. I hope the California coast doesn't get much of a ripple. Staying in touch with a friend on Oahu and heard they're going to try to get to the middle of the island. This is crazy.

My prayers go out to all of Japan and everyone that continues to be affected by this enormous disaster

I'm still curious how big these "small waves" will even though I live in Modesto

The quake - horrible. What an awesome coincidence that today is the opening of the film, "Battle L.A.," in which aliens – from outer space – destroy Santa Monica, in the process emptying the beach of human visitors. The tsunami may have the same effect.

Is it a colossally bad idea to get up and ride over to the beach to see if there are any cool big waves?

...Oh I just MUST body-surf these waves. Setting alarm now =) I KNOW I won't be the only one out there!

I live in Playa and I am NERVOUS I have a hard time believing the media. Plus with a small farm I really need to be prepared. 3 cats and two dogs and just me yikes!

Might help cleaning up Redondo Beach dead anchovies problems.

do not be afraid, Moses said. Moses was God's friend, through mutual trust. God was not in the earthquake, nor in the fire, nor in the loud noise....... His is the still small voice. His glory is Life Giving. All who come to Him He will in no wise cast out. He came to fulfill the Law, which is Love. He is for harmony between heaven and earth. How, oh how can I give you up, how oh how can I let you go.

When ever there is a tsunami warning for the California coast, there are always people who rush to the beach to be able to say: "We saw" like it was a rock star driving through town! Sure most tsunami warnings don't materialize; but I wonder if there is any way, or whether there should be some way, to stop people heading for the beaches when a warning is in effect? But then I realize that we certainly have a surplus of idiots, and if a few get washed away, it really could be a service to this State! Go Fish!

let us all be remind for what we are doing as we live in this world.we always commit a sin,all of us become sinner,we must ask forgiveness to our LORD.We have to pray always....please read the bible verse "mateo 13:24-30" and "mateo 13:36-43".

let us all read the story of NOAH in the book of genesis.

always remember "there is no impossible with GOD"

After just putting the Bug Out Kit and the Benelli alongside the Cat Carrier (attached to an old back-pack frame itself)..I chck the "News".

Now..I must..say..this Graphic..is both satisfying and..Amazingly Poetic.

"We're Safe"!(?)

Okay..good..but..WOW..the Graphic is like..look at it..its the classic "Wave Graphic" from..Japan!

The "Big Wave"..in "Little Waves"..Amazing.

The Big Wave From Japan!

Or..The End and it comes in..Little Waves.

Yes..it does.

I am on the central coast of Ca. Our news this morning is frightening. They have evacuated our beaches and we are on a Tsunami watch and warning. I hope this is over-hyped and we come out undamaged. Living in Ca, we are always prepared for EQs but most don't stop to prepare for a Tsunami from another country's EQ. Food for thought.

Will the tsunami reach Sacramento in California?

hey my son has flown from australia to los angeles is severything ok there?

Does anyone know where I can get towels at a good price I want t0 be prepared for the big wave... I am in my bathing suit now and carrying my rubber duck for protection and luck...

Hope the folks in Japan are OK and living in HB, I am a little worried about the warning of the 8:45 tsunami

This is truly a terrible disaster. Right now I'm concerned about the nuclear facilitiy/ies over there. Remember what happened to Chernobyl in the 80's. The last thing the world needs right now is a nucear meltdown!

Little waves on OC beaches. Darn. I was expecting that huge waves would charge up the Newport Back bay area taking all the OC's BMWs, Mercedes', and other fancy cars out to Catalina. Then, us Riverside people could repopulate OC with normal people and normal housing prices.

Yeah, going out and surfing these incoming waves sounds like a great idea. See Also: Boy Jumps from Golden Gate Bridge, Survives.

Somebody alert the Darwin Awards folks. Gonna be a busy day.

i really hope it doesn't hit Southern California because my father who is seventy years old lives there. My thoughts go out to all of the people who have been hit by the tsunami and earthquake.

I am really,really impressed............You guy's.........figured out how to stop....Those waves...Wow!Great Job

I think it will hit the CA coast harder than the chile quake, but we'll see.

My familys thoughts and prayers so out to the Japanese people.

Japan And Hawaii March 11,2011

I just want to say im very sorry and im praying for you all. Dear God please look after the people in Japan and Hawaii. We never know what lays ahead of us the next day until it hits us like a ton of bricks. Thats why we count on you to help guide us throught he hard times we have in just the normal life and what mother nature has in store for us. Please look after those who dont know which way to turn and help them find there way. And for the children that dont know whats going on help them understand that things like this happen. And as many times as the president has helped people when times are ruff I pray that this time is one of them. They could use it the most now. From Florida and the rest of the USA we are praying for you.

Jeannie A. Fortune
of Panama City, Florida

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