Southern California under Tsunami Advisory

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The National Weather Service has issued a Tsunami Advisory for the west coast of the United States with specific applicability to the Southern California coastline.

The Tsunami Advisory, issued early this morning, is a result of Saturday’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake near the coast of central Chile. Tsunami advisories are issued to inform the public that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is imminent or expected.

Significant widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the arrival of the initial wave.

Individuals located in tsunami advisory areas should move out of the water, off the beach, and out of harbors and marinas.

The Coast Guard strongly encourages waterfront users to take extra precautions in preparation for the possibility of a surge, to include securing vessel mooring arrangements and possible sources of pollution.

Tsunamis are a series of waves potentially dangerous several hours after initial arrival time. Estimated times of initial wave arrival for selected sites in southern California today, February 27, are provided below:

Morro Bay / Port San Luis: 12:35 p.m.

Santa Barbara Harbor: 12:31 p.m.

Port of Los Angeles—Long Beach: 12:15 p.m.

Newport Beach: 12:12 p.m.

Arrival times for additional locations can be found at: http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/

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