As an after effect of the devastating 8.9 earthquake in Japan, a tsunami has been triggered that can smash beaches in Southern California. For safety reasons all beaches along the coast are being closed as waves are expected to hit at around 8 a.m. No fishing, surfing or boating is allowed till the authorities lift the closure.
Since experts are not expecting coastal flooding, they have not called for evacuation of homes along the coast, but they have mentioned that the energy from the massive quake could cause changes in the ocean currents.
The changes caused by the quake can last for several hours and it is wise to stay alert even if nothing happens for hours, especially in Ventura County, where waves are expected to be large.
San Francisco Bay Area has already issued a warning announcement for a tsunami after 1 a.m. Waves are expected to hit Crescent City, Calif., at 7:23 a.m. and the Bay Area shortly after 8 a.m.
Point Concepcion, that includes southern San Luis Obispo County and the counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego, is also under threat of lower-level tsunami waves..
The weather service issued the safety advice, “Those living in tsunami warning areas near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets, including those sheltered directly from the sea. Those feeling the earth shake, seeing unusual wave action, or the water level rising or receding may have only a few minutes before the tsunami arrival and should move immediately. Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts.”