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Tsunami will vary from 7 feet to 1.2 feet in Southern California

The latest estimates released Friday morning from the National Weather Service suggested the sea level rise on the California coast due to the devastating Japan earthquake will vary significantly.

According to a bulletin from weather service, tsunami wave height will top 7 feet at Port San Luis Harbor in Central California but less than 2 feet in Santa Barbara, Malibu and San Pedro.

The waves will hit the central coast around 8 a.m. and Orange and San Diego counties about 45 to 50 minutes later. Officials don't expect major coastal flooding but said the waves could create unusual and potentially dangerous currents that could last several hours.

Photos: Scenes from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and its aftermath

"Santa Barbara officials issued a statement warning an "increased level is anticipated to be approximately one to three feet at Santa Barbara. Of equal concern is the significant currents and dangerous ocean conditions. All persons are directed to remain out of the water. North of Point Conception, [authorities have] directed that all persons be directed away from any low-lying areas; this includes county parks."

Videos of the earthquake

Here are the latest estimates:

MORRO BAY  3.9 feet

PORT SAN LUIS HARBOR 7.1

PISMO BEACH  2.4

SANTA MARIA 3.3 

SANTA BARBARA  1.6

CARPINTERIA  1.6 

VENTURA  2.9 

MALIBU 1.2 

SANTA MONICA  2.8 

REDONDO BEACH  2.1 

SAN PEDRO HARBOR  1.3 

HUNTINGTON BEACH  2.3

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Magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocks Japan

-- Shelby Grad and Andrew Blankstein

 
Comments () | Archives (4)

Be wary of the left-wing mafia and their "statistics" and "conclusions." Waves of all different sizes have come to Southern California for a long, long time. It's the natural fluctuation of "wave-y-ness," if you will. It's crazy talk to think of something happening clear on the other side of the world effecting us. "Scientists" just looking for another governement hand-out/grant.

Thank you L.A. Times!

Wow, Doug, wow.

Oh boy, Doug. Okay, you poor thing. Let's think back to your childhood. When you were a kid, did you throw a rock in a pond ever? Remember all the ripples that occurred? That's what happens in an earthquake in the ocean. The earth plates slip, and a bunch of water is displaced, very much like when you throw a stone in the water. Water gets displaced. The energy of the molecules rolls through the water, and it ripples. Only ... it ripples on a larger scale. The tsunami is a series of those ripples hitting the shore. The energy is so strong, it travels across the ocean and hits shores in other parts of the world. That does happen, all the time, in these circumstances. This is nothing new nor is it political. It's called Nature.

Right now, on the California coast, Crescent City, which is prone to getting the brunt of these tsunamis, is damaged. Their harbor is in bad shape. You can go here to see this:

http://www.kget.com/news/local/story/Noon-update-Damage-reported-as-tsunami-hit/l1OnGKtd7E6d21F3HW4oHQ.cspx

So, that actually happened. It's real. It's not a "liberal" plot by scientists. The study of tsunamis has gone on for many, many years.

Also, all scientists are not liberal, I'm sure. That's silly. Why would they be? You are being foolish, and you look uneducated, which is troublesome for you, I'm sure. I would suggest, instead of popping on the television to Fox News, that you open a book and study earthly events. There are a lot of books on earthquakes and tsunamis and other natural phenomenon that are excellent. It's interesting to read and to see. Not to experience, of course, but that happens, too, as I'm sure you'll realize when you read the news or even if you turn on the Weather Channel. The citizens of Crescent City are not part of some liberal plot to fool people about earthly events. That's insane.

Also, there is no such word as "wave-y-ness." It's "waviness." Oh, and it's "affecting" not effecting. Not that my sentence structure is perfect, I'm sure, as I often write in incomplete sentences. Still, it's good to review one's words.


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