Update: Tsunami Advisory Continues in Hermosa, Pier Closed

The Hermosa Beach Pier is closed as the National Weather Service alerts the area of a tsunami advisory Friday, according to police.

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 3:37 p.m.): No problems have been reported in Hermosa Beach since a was issued Friday morning.

The local coastline appeared clear Friday afternoon as hardly any unusual tsunami-generated waves hit the area.


With the Hermosa Beach coastline under a tsunami advisory from the National Weather Service, waves turned choppy Friday morning but didn't appear unusual.

Most residents avoided the local beach in the wake of the advisory, but a few people were spotted jogging along the Strand about a half-hour after the first surge of tsunami-related waves were due onshore.

As precaution, the city has closed the Pier until about noon due to the advisory, Hermosa Beach police told Patch.

A devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan early Friday triggered the strong currents in the Pacific. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival, according to authorities.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has extended the tsunami advisory across the county's entire coast. Deputies and the Hermosa Beach Police Department are not planning to evacuate the local area, but residents are advised to avoid the beach.



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