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Tsunami advisory still in effect for San Diego and Orange Counties

According to the National Weather Service in San Diego, the tsunami advisory is still in effect for Orange County and San Diego County coastal areas.

There is no Tsunami watch or warning in effect at this time for the extreme southwestern California coast, however, dangerous currents and surges are possible in harbors and bays. The beginning time of the threat was 12:02 pm PST today. The threat will continue for the next three hours or until around 6 pm PST.

Observed surge heights have been 1.1 feet at La Jolla and 1.4 feet in San Diego.

Coastal residents are advised to stay out of the water...off the beach...and away from harbors and marinas. Wave heights and currents are amplified by irregular shoreline and are difficult to predict. The initial wave may not be the largest. Later waves may be larger. Mariners in water deeper than 600 feet should not be affected.

A tsunami advisory means 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 the advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers...boat...and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

SAN DIEGO - The spectre of large tsunami waves hitting Southern California seemed to be a washout, but lifeguards in San Diego said they spotted unusual tidal activities at two La Jolla beaches.

''It wasn't dangerous, but the water went out lower than an especially low tide and came back in,'' said San Diego lifeguard Lt. John Everhart. ''That was definitely a tsunami event.''

Everhart said the tidal surge was seen around the La Jolla reef and Birdrock area. The guard who witnessed it said the tide flowed out to a minus 2-foot depth and returned to a 4-foot tide level.

''Normally what would take five hours took 10 to 15 minutes,'' Everhart said.

No injuries or property damage was reported. Everhart said crowds came to the beach ''against our advice'' and also watched the coastlines from a safe distance.

''''We'll keep our eyes open until the advisory is lifted,'' Everhart said.

Further north, in Oceanside, a police volunteer said ''we could see the currents come in the mouth of Oceanside Harbor, in and out two or three times, since a little after noon.'' Ron Graham said ''there was no damage to boats. It was pretty tame here.''

Police in San Diego said no tsunami effects were seen in San Diego Bay. Although four Navy ships near Honolulu put out to sea, port officials in San Diego reported no naval movements there.

The West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska had predicted that the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile could generate two-foot waves in San Diego, and as much as 40 inches high at Malibu and Santa Monica.

Although nothing hit at that time, the Warning Center warned that tsunami surges could strike up to two hours after the first arrival time.

Tsunami experts used a network of buoys along the Central American coasts today, and warned that the strongest surges may come two hours after the first waves are detected.

Local undersea conditions could have caused the maximum tsunami to vary in height between 24-40 inches at various locations along the Southern California coast, according to U.S. government oceanographers.

The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile at 10:24 p.m. Friday (California time) generated damaging waves in South and Central America, and has prompted evacuation orders on beachfront communities in the Hawaiian

islands. No evacuation orders have been issued in California, and lifeguards at south-facing Zuma Beach said they were not going to order people off the beach.

Further north, police in Long Beach, reporters in Malibu, and a crowd of tsunami fans on the Santa Monica Pier all reported that the predicted 12:25 p.m. arrival time came and went without any impact

''We're on heightened awareness,'' said a lifeguard supervisor at Zuma. Los Angeles County moved its fleet of Baywatch patrol boats out of marinas, and further offshore from their normal buoys at Surfrider and Zuma beaches, as a precaution.

The National Weather Service said the biggest impact on California's coast was likely to be unusual currents in harbors or near breakwaters and rocks.

The tsunami center uses historical data and computer models to predict tsunami behavior as anticipated swells come ashore. Today's forecast, issued at 7:06 a.m., placed the highest predicted local waves for Santa Monica, where a 3.3 foot wave was said possible.

Tsunami advisory issued; San Diego waves up to 11 feet; 9 ft snow; LA Urban Search and Rescue squads on alert

SAN DIEGO - Earthquake-generated waves about two feet high may wash ashore at San Diego County beaches beginning at noon today, and bigger waves may follow that, the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said today.

Waves larger than two feet will brush up California's coast starting at the Mexican border at precisely noon, and arrive at La Jolla at 12:02 p.m.

Local undersea conditions will cause the tsunami to vary in height between 24-40 inches at various locations along the Southern California coast, according to U.S. government oceanographers.

Tsunami experts used a network of buoys along the American coasts today, and warned that the strongest surges may come two hours after the first waves are detected. But the regular cycle of tides will be nearing a low ebb at San Diego when the waves are expected, perhaps sparing low-lying areas from inundation.

Buoys off the coast of Central America have led the Tsunami Center to warn Californians that ''potential tsunami wave heights to range from two to three feet across some coastal areas.''

''Peak wave heights will likely occur around two hours after the initial wave arrival,'' the National Weather Service predicted.

''We're advising people to stay off the sand and rocks in coastal areas,'' San Diego Lifeguard Lt. John Everhart said. ''We're anticipating a surge in the ocean of about two feet around 12 o'clock. We're not expecting wide-spread flooding.''

San Diego Harbor Police warned boaters to secure their vessels in San Diego Bay and the Coast Guard has been broadcasting tsunami warnings over marine radio frequencies, a harbor police official said.

''We have two boats out, flagging anyone on the bay and telling them of the National Weather Service advisory that they shouldn't be out,'' said San Diego Harbor Police Cpl. Daryl Mullins.

''We're telling them to take it seriously and if they can, leave their boats at this time.''

Mullins said there are about 10,000 boats tied up in San Diego Bay, but not many boaters were on the water today.

The magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile at 10:24 p.m. Friday (San Diego time) generated damaging waves in South and Central America, and has prompted evacuation orders on beachfront communities in the Hawaiian islands.

Tide charts indicate that the normal, celestial ocean tide levels will not be extremely high in San Diego County when the ocean levels are predicted to rise.

The high tide today was 6.4 feet above average sea level at 7:46 a.m. The low tide is predicted to be a -1.3 level at 2:29 p.m., indicating that the tide will be ebbing and relatively low at the time that the earthquake-

generated swells may arrive.

The National Weather Service said the biggest impact on California's coast is likely to be unusual currents in harbors or near breakwaters and rocks.

The tsunami center uses historical data and computer models to predict tsunami behavior as anticipated swells come ashore. Today's forecast, issued at 7:06 a.m., placed the highest predicted local waves in California for Santa

Monica, where a 3.3 foot wave is possible.

SAN DIEGO - A substantial Pacific storm has brought nearly a quarter-inch of rain to San Diego County, and flooding, high winds and big waves may arrive tonight.

By midmorning, .22 inches of rain had fallen at Lindbergh Field, .21 inches in Julian, .12 inches at Brown Field and .13 inches in Rancho Bernardo.

San Diego is expected to get an inch of rain as the remainder of storm passes through, and two inches in the mountains below the snow level. The deserts may get a half-inch of rain. Showers are likely to linger through the night and taper off Sunday morning.

Winds could kick up to 25 mph today, and even gust to 55 mph in the mountains, the NWS said. Highs will be in the upper 50s to low 60s.

A National Weather Service high surf advisory for waves up to 7 feet is in effect for later today, in addition to possible tsunami waves from the Chilean quake, and water spouts are possible. Waves could reach 11 feet by Sunday, making it dangerous to fish from coastal rocks. Conditions are considered dangerous for swimming and surfing as well, due to powerful waves and very strong rip currents.

Low-lying areas could see some flooding, especially where the San Diego River flows through Fashion Valley.

As much as 9 inches of snow may fall in local mountains, with the snow level dropping to 5,000 feet by late today.

SAN DIEGO - Earthquake-generated waves about two feet high may wash ashore at San Diego County beaches beginning at noon today, and bigger waves may follow that, the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said today.

Hawaii could face its largest waves since 1964 starting at 11:19 a.m. (4:19 p.m. EST, 2119 GMT), according to Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Officials evacuated people and boats near the water and closed shore-side Hilo International Airport.

Waves larger than two feet will brush up California's coast starting at the Mexican border at precisely noon, and arrive at La Jolla at 12:02 p.m.

San Diego Harbor Police warned boaters to secure their vessels in San Diego Bay and the Coast Guard has been broadcasting tsunami warnings over marine radio frequencies, a harbor police official said.

''We have two boats out, flagging anyone on the bay and telling them of the National Weather Service advisory that they shouldn't be out,'' said San Diego Harbor Police Cpl. Daryl Mullins.

''We're telling them to take it seriously and if they can, leave their boats at this time.''

Mullins said there are about 10,000 boats tied up in San Diego Bay, but not many boaters were on the water today.

Local undersea conditions will cause the tsunami to vary in height between 24-40 inches at various locations along the Southern California coast, according to U.S. government oceanographers. A National Weather Service (NWS) high surf advisory for waves up to 7 feet is in effect for later today, in addition to possible tsunami waves from the Chilean quake, and water spouts are possible. Waves could reach 11 feet by Sunday, making it dangerous to fish from coastal rocks. Conditions are considered dangerous for swimming and surfing as well, due to powerful waves and very strong rip currents. But the regular cycle of tides will be nearing a low ebb when the waves are expected, perhaps sparing low-lying areas from inundation.

Buoys off the coast of Central America have led the Tsunami Center to warn Californians that ''potential tsunami wave heights to range from two to three feet across some coastal areas.''

''Peak wave heights will likely occur around two hours after the initial wave arrival,'' the National Weather Service predicted.

The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile at 10:24 p.m. Friday (San Diego time) generated damaging waves in South and Central America, and has prompted evacuation orders on beachfront communities in the Hawaiian islands.

Tide charts indicate that the normal, celestial ocean tide levels will not be extremely high when the ocean levels are predicted to rise.

The National Weather Service said the biggest impact on California's coast is likely to be unusual currents in harbors or near breakwaters and rocks.

The tsunami center uses historical data and computer models to predict tsunami behavior as anticipated swells come ashore. Today's forecast, issued at 7:06 a.m., placed the highest predicted local waves in California for Santa Monica, where a 3.3 foot wave is possible.

The high tide today was 6.4 feet above average sea level at 7:46 a.m. The low tide is predicted to be a -1.3 level at 2:29 p.m., indicating that the tide will be ebbing and relatively low at the time that the earthquake-generated swells may arrive.

A devastating earthquake measuring 8.8 (32 times stronger than the Haiti earthquake) on the Richter scale occurred at 3:34 a.m. just off the coastline of central Chile. Aftershocks have been as high as 6.9, with a 6.7 event happening just a few minutes ago. The center of the quake was only about 70 miles north of the major city of Concepcion, destroying buildings and bridges and knocking out power. CNN.com is reporting that at least 122 people have been confirmed dead and there will likely be more as rescue efforts continue.

The earthquake is the cause of tsunami warnings across the Pacific, including the United States Pacific coastline, Hawaii, Peru, Japan and Russia.

Warning sirens sounded at 6 am local time in Hawaii to warn people of the impending tsunami.

The danger comes as a result of the earthquake occurring out over the open water. As the ground under the ocean shifts, water is forced to move, which generates the tsunami waves.

Waves are expected to hit Hawaii at about 11 am this morning, with waves estimated to be as high as 8 feet when it reaches Hilo.

Waves expected to hit the Southern California coast just after noon today could be as high as 7 feet, and are expected to be as high as 11 feet by tomorrow.

The Los Angeles County fire department's Urban Search And Rescue squads are on alert in case they will be called to Chile, or should a tsunami hit Hawaii or California.

''Our USAR task force is on alert, and could deploy to Hawaii if needed, or to Chile,'' said inspector Matt Levesque.

Riverside - Mission Boulevard at Glen Street in Riverside is under 10 inches of water due to the storm. CHP is responding.

A magnitude-8.8 earthquake off central Chile at 10:34 p.m. Pacific Time Friday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tsunami advisory for Orange and San Diego counties.

A tsunami advisory signifies a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to people in or very near the water is imminent or expected.

Widespread inundation is NOT expected.

Strong currents, or surges in harbors and bays, may begin in La Jolla shortly after noon.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - An earthquake-generated wave about 40 inches high may wash ashore at Santa Monica just after noon today, the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said today.

Smaller waves will brush up California's coast starting at the Mexican border at noon, and reach Santa Barbara by 12:31 p.m. today. Local undersea conditions will cause the tsunami to vary in height between 24-40 inches, according to U.S. government oceanographers.

The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile at 10:24 p.m. Friday (Los Angeles time) generated damaging waves in South and Central America, and has prompted evacuation orders on beachfront communities in the Hawaiian islands.

No evacuation orders have been issued in California. Tide charts indicate that the regular, celestial ocean tide levels will not be extremely high when the ocean levels are predcited to rise.

The National Weather Service said the biggest impact on Cailfornia's coast is likely to be unusual currents in harbors or near breakwaters and rocks.

The tsunami center uses historical data and computer models to predict tsunami behavior as anticipated swells come ashore. Today's forecast, issued at 7:06 a.m., placed the highest predicted local waves for Santa Monica, where a 3.3 foot wave is possible.

An exact predicted time of arrival for Southern California beaches was not issued by the center. But it did say the wave would first arrive at San Diego's La Jolla peninsula at 12:02 p.m. with a 2.3-foot height, and reach Santa Barbara by 12:31 p.m.

The wave is expected to arrive at Los Angeles' harbor entrance at Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, with a predicted height of 2.0 feet.

Malibu was expected to get a 2.6 foot wave, at about 12:15 p.m.

At Los Angeles Harbor, the high tide today was 6.4 feet above average sea level, at 7:46 a.m. The low tide is predicted to be a -1.3 level at 2:29 p.m., indicating that the tide will be ebbing and relatively low at the time that the earthquake-generated swells may arrive.

For the complete warning issued by the National Weather Service, please see below.

Rain is expected today from Corona to the Colorado River, with up to a foot of snow in the mountains of Riverside County.

A strong cold front will bring rain and scattered thunderstorms in the Inland Empire between 4 a.m. and noon, according to the National Weather Service.

Flooding is possible in low-lying and poorly drained areas, with debris flows possible in and below recent burn areas, including the Cottonwood Fire east of Hemet in the San Jacinto Mountains.

Winds will be out of the southeast at about 15 mph, shifting to the southwest and gusting up to about 25 mph in the afternoon, according to the NWS. Highs will be in the upper 50s and low 60s.

Unstable air filling in behind the cold front could produce thunderstorms and hail. Desert areas should get about a half-inch of rain.

A wind advisory will be in effect for Riverside County mountains though this evening, and 8 to 12 inches of snow could fall at the highest elevations,

with the snow level dropping as low as 5,000 feet by late today.

BULLETIN

..A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA - OREGON - WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO ATTU ALASKA...

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH COULD IMPACT THE ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE. PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY

OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES.

- PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

THIS MESSAGE IS BASED ON EARTHQUAKE DATA... OBSERVED TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES... HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND FORECAST MODELS.

A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN OBSERVED AT THE FOLLOWING SITES

LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL

------------------------ ----- ------ ------- -----------

TALCAHUANO C 36.7S 73.1W 0657UTC 1.84M/6.1 FT

SAN FELIX CH 26.3S 80.1W 0832UTC 0.81M/2.7 FT

CALDERA CHIL 27.1S 70.8W 0746UTC 0.52M/1.7 FT

COQUIMBO CHI 29.9S 71.3W 0902UTC 1.27M/4.2 FT

IQUIQUE CHIL 20.2S 70.2W 0851UTC 0.30M/1.0 FT

ANTOFAGASTA 23.3S 70.4W 0956UTC 0.46M/1.5 FT

ANCUD CHILE 41.9S 74.3W 0943UTC 0.34M/1.1 FT

CORRAL CHILE 39.9S 73.4W 1012UTC 1.54M/5.1 FT

CALLAO LA PUN 12.1S 77.2W 1029UTC 0.66M/2.2 FT

BALTRA ECUAD 0.4S 90.3W 1251UTC 0.35M/1.2 FT

THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY FOR THE U.S. WEST COAST BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA INDICATES THAT STRONG CURRENTS ARE EXPECTED AT THE SHORELINE WITH POTENTIALLY SOME MINOR INUNDATION. PRELIMINARY

TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE FORECASTS AT SELECT POINTS ARE:

LA JOLLA CA 0.7M/2.3 FT LOS ANGELES CA 0.6M/2.0 FT

MAILBU CA 0.8M/2.6 FT PT. SAN LUIS CA 0.7M/2.3 FT

HALF MOON BAY CA 0.8M/2.6 FT CRESCENT CITY CA 0.5M/1.7 FT

PORT ORFORD OR 0.2M/0.7 FT MORRO BAY CA 0.7M/2.2 FT

SANTA MONICA CA 1.0M/3.3 FT

TIME - TIME OF MEASUREMENT

AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.

IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.

VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS

MAGNITUDE - 8.8

TIME - 2134 AKST FEB 26 2010

2234 PST FEB 26 2010

0634 UTC FEB 27 2010

LOCATION - 36.1 SOUTH 72.6 WEST

- NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE

DEPTH - 19 MILES/31 KM

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER IN EWA BEACH HAWAII WILL ISSUE MESSAGES FOR HAWAII AND OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC OUTSIDE THE STATES AND PROVINCES PREVIOUSLY LISTED.

TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN 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 INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED IN 60 MINUTES OR SOONER IF THE SITUATION WARRANTS. THE TSUNAMI MESSAGE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.

COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO ATTU ALASKA

..A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA - OREGON - WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO

ATTU ALASKA...

PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR WATER IS IMMINENT OF EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS IN AN ADVISORY. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF

WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME. ESTIMATED TIMES OF INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL FOR SELECTED SITES IN THE ADVISORY ARE PROVIDED BELOW.

LA JOLLA-CA 1202 PST FEB 27 YAKUTAT-AK 1619 AKST FEB 27

SANTA BARBARA-CA 1231 PST FEB 27 KODIAK-AK 1628 AKST FEB 27

SAN FRANCISCO-CA 1326 PST FEB 27 SAND PT.-AK 1629 AKST FEB 27

CRESCENT CITY-CA 1346 PST FEB 27 JUNEAU-AK 1635 AKST FEB 27

CHARLESTON-OR 1402 PST FEB 27 DUTCH HARBOR-AK 1638 AKST FEB 27

SEASIDE-OR 1446 PST FEB 27 SEWARD-AK 1639 AKST FEB 27

WESTPORT-WA 1457 PST FEB 27 ADAK-AK 1642 AKST FEB 27

NEAH BAY-WA 1507 PST FEB 27 VALDEZ-AK 1657 AKST FEB 27

TOFINO-BC 1515 PST FEB 27 CORDOVA-AK 1706 AKST FEB 27

LANGARA-BC 1551 PST FEB 27 COLD BAY-AK 1709 AKST FEB 27

SITKA-AK 1529 AKST FEB 27 SHEMYA-AK 1721 AKST FEB 27

KETCHIKAN-AK 1549 AKST FEB 27 HOMER-AK 1739 AKST FEB 27

FOR ARRIVAL TIMES AT ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS SEE

WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV

 

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