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Update: Tsunami Advisory Issued for Beaches

The National Weather Service issues a tsunami advisory for Southern California after a devastating earthquake in Japan sends waves across the Pacific.

Editor's note: The National Weather Service canceled the tsunami advisory for the coastal areas of central and southern California early Saturday, March 12.

(Updated at 6:26 a.m.): The told Patch on Friday morning that it's not planning any evacuations in the area, however, residents should avoid the beaches.

Tsunami wave heights are expected to reach between two and three feet along the Southern California coast from Santa Barbara to Long Beach, according to the National Weather Service

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A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday could send high tides, waves and currents to the Southern California coastline, including here in Hermosa Beach, according to officials.

The National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory for the area early Friday. 

Los Angeles County coastal residents are encouraged to stay away from currents, Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Ron Walker told news services.

Currents could be hazardous to swimmers, surfers, boats, and coastal structures.

They might continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival, which is predicted to be around 8:30 a.m. Friday (see accompanying National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration graphic).

The earthquake in Japan unleashed a monster 10-meter high tsunami that destroyed buildings and sent ships crashing into the shoreline. 

At the time this article was published, there was no official report of how many deaths or injuries resulted from the natural disaster. 

As more information is released, Patch will report it.

— City News Service contributed to this story.

smh March 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM
Terrible incident...thanks for the timely coverage. Any idea of wave impact on western portions of California?
smh March 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM
just saw your tweet...thanks for the info!

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