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Tsunami warning: Long Beach warns people to evacuate the beaches

March 11, 2011 |  8:51 am

A helicopter flew above the Long Beach coastline Friday morning warning people over loudspeakers to evacuate the beach because of the tsunami advisory.

Cathy Sorensen, 69, who lives aboard her 31-foot powerboat in Shoreline Marina in Long Beach, said her friends started calling her early in the morning advising her to get out because of the tsunami warning.

While she doesn't expect anything dramatic (she remembers the earthquake in Chile a few years back brought a brief, two or three foot rise in the water level that lasted about 15 minutes), she was leaving her boat around 8:30 a.m. to seek refuge at the grocery store, she said.

"I promised my sister in law I wouldn't' stay on the boat," she said. "There's no panic here."

She said she thought this marina would fare well in any tsunami-related currents because it is sheltered by a massive breakwater and faces south, not west.


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