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.
"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."
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
SANTA MONICA 2.8
REDONDO BEACH 2.1
SAN PEDRO HARBOR 1.3
HUNTINGTON BEACH 2.3
-- Shelby Grad and Andrew Blankstein