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Tsunami warning issued for northern and central California and Oregon; Southern California on watch

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A tsunami warning has been issued for the central and northern California coast and Oregon, the National Weather Service announced early Friday.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, an emergency warning system announcement for a tsunami warning was braodcast just after 1 a.m. Waves could begin arriving in Crescent City, Calif., at 7:23 a.m. and the Bay Area shortly after 8 a.m.

A lower-level tsunami advisory was issued for the Southern California coast south of Point Concepcion, which includes southern San Luis Obispo County and the counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego.

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According to the weather service, those living in tsunami warning areas near the beach or in low-lying regions “should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets, including those sheltered directly from the sea."

"Those feeling the earth shake, seeing unusual wave action, or the water level rising or receding may have only a few minutes before the tsunami arrival and should move immediately. Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts.”

A tsunami warning means that a tsunami “with significant widespread inundation is imminent or expected. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival. 

A tsunami advisory means a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to anyone in or very near the water is expected, but widespread inundation is not expected.

Still, currents may be hazardous to swimmers and boats, the weather service said.

The waves were expected to hit Santa Barbara at 8:17 a.m. and Santa Monica and San Pedro harbors at 8:32 a.m.

FULL LIST: When waves are expected to hit California coast

Authorities said they will update current conditions hourly in areas under an advisory until the warning is either upgraded or they determine the event poses no further threat.

According to the weather service “the potential exists for a tsunami 3 feet or less in Southern and Central California."

Tsunamis less than 3 feet would cause damage only at the local harbors, caused by strong currents entering and exiting for several hours.

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Comments () | Archives (62)

Wait, someone thinks Oakland near International Blvd could be affected? No. It's fine. Only those immediately on the coast are fine. San Diego and Baja are too far south and are seeing very few effects.

Man, the hysteria over this is hilarious. Lack of education at work.

Would someone please let me know about the status of the Oakland area, namely near International Blvd? I'm in Louisiana and all I see is info on Santa Cruz. How far inland did it hit?

Sorry to say Jennifer but Oakland was unaffected by the tsunami. The last reports I read stated that Oakland is still a gang-infested toilet unfit for habitation by decent human beings.

The world is coming to an end!!!!!!!!!jkjkjk

The world is definitely coming to an end, because these Tsunami's and earthquakes, are just a prerequisite of what's to come.
All you can do is make sure that you have your life right with the Lord, so that if anything were to happen, your family members and friends, would know they'll get to see you again.
My heart, and my prayers are with them all!

Oh yeah this is gonna be wicked. I'm totally stoked. There's gonna be some epic waves to surf.

To tommy......how can you be kidding around that the world is going to end at a time like this! It did end for all the thousands of people who died in this terrible tsunami!


OMG u r soo right how can u be joking around at a time like this........YCL u r sooooo right thank you for standing up to that dumbass tommy

me and my family are so scard is there warning here and oakland of that tsunami or san francisco city

Will this also hit Long Beach, CA? D: my grandparents and my little bro live there!! D:

They are thinning the herd. May seem like natural disasters but thats far from the truth. Its going to get so,much worse. The end is near if u didnt get ur golden ticket. Enjoy whats left in time. They run the world, they call the shots.good luck. Canada is our safest bet. See you on the other side

They are thinning the herd. May seem like natural disasters but thats far from the truth. Its going to get so,much worse. The end is near if u didnt get ur golden ticket. Enjoy whats left in time. They run the world, they call the shots.good luck. Canada is our safest bet. See you on the other side

Im going to die and my family if that happens.

 
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