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Waves from Japan quake will hit California coast after 8 a.m.

March 11, 2011 |  1:27 am

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The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has issued more details about the potential for small waves hitting the California coast due to the Japan earthquake.

Estimated arrival times:

PORT SAN LUIS HARBOR 8:09 a.m.

SANTA BARBARA HARBOR  8:17 a.m.

SANTA MONICA: 8:32 a.m.

SAN PEDRO 8:32 a.m.

NEWPORT BEACH 8:45 a.m.

LA JOLLA 8:48 a.m.

Officials don't expect the waves to cause damage. But as a precaution, officials are likely to urge people to avoid beach areas.

Officials said people living in low-lying coastal areas should seek higher ground as a precaution and listen for special instructions from emergency agencies. Unusual wave action from the quake might last for several hours.

RELATED:

Tsunami warning includes Hawaii

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PHOTOS: Scenes from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and its aftermath

Tsunami warning issued for northern and central California and Oregon

 --Shelby Grad

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