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Tsunami: Life is back to normal in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach has reopened its pier and beaches after a tsunami advisory passed without major incident.

Lt. Michael Baumgartner, the city's marine safety operations supervisor, said the pier reopened at 1 p.m. and the beaches at 4 p.m.

Huntington Beach closed its seaside areas early Friday in anticipation of waves from the tsunami in Japan striking the coast. In the end, the tsunami had a minimal impact on Huntington Beach, with water levels rising and falling for several hours but no damage reported, Baumgartner said.

"It was actually very uneventful," he said. "The emergency managers made a decision to err on the side of caution."

The Huntington Beach Independent has more details on how the city passed the day under the advisory.

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-- Michael Miller in Orange County

 
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