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Tsunami: Southland waterways largely back to normal

March 11, 2011 |  7:12 pm

Coast Guard officials in Los Angeles said conditions in Southern California waterways had largely returned to normal Friday evening after a series of swells and tidal surges stemming from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan had sunk or swamped "a small number" of vessels and swept some navigational buoys out to sea.

Officials said at least seven boats capsized at Catalina Harbor. Two others were pushed onto a dock at King Harbor in Redondo Beach. No one was reported injured.

Santa Barbara Marina and King Harbor Marina remained closed to boat traffic Friday evening because of remaining tidal surges, but the surges were less intense than earlier in the day, officials said.

Operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach had returned to normal after oil transfers were suspended by Coast Guard officials earlier in the day.


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