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Tsunami advisory for L.A. area canceled, but danger of 'tidal surges' remains

March 12, 2011 |  9:17 am

The National Weather Service has canceled a tsunami advisory for Southern California, officials announced Saturday.

But they warn that "abrupt tidal surges" could continue in local harbors and that people should proceed with care at marina and beaches.

At Ventura Harbor, officials said the surges combined with high tide to break a dock in half, sink a 16-foot boat and break a few other boats from their moorings.

Friday afternoon on Catalina Island, swells toppled about 10 boats and loosened pier moorings.

Officials have not said how long the tsunami advisory would last.

The Coast Guard called off the search Friday for a man who was swept out to sea near Crescent City, a town of 7,500 people 20 miles south of the Oregon border. The man had been taking photographs with two friends at the mouth of the Klamath River when they were pulled into the ocean. The friends were able to swim to safety.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in four counties, citing "conditions of extreme peril to the infrastructure and the safety of the persons and properties within the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo and Santa Cruz."


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