Tsunami advisory for Southern California

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Photo above: flood waters from the tsunami that hit Chile after the quake. From Lorna Jara on Twitter

The National Tsunami Center has issued a tsunami advisory has been issued for the coast of California, after an 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of central Chile.

From the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake page. The star marks the epicenter of the first earthquake.
From the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake page. The star marks the epicenter of the first earthquake.

The quake occurred about 4 p.m. Pacific Time and was felt as far east as Argentina.

Chilean authorities advised citizens to move to higher ground, especially after the initial quake was followed by sharp aftershocks that were 6.0 magnitude and above. There were nine total after shocks that continued for two hours after the first earthquake.

There haven’t been any deaths reported as a result. Chilean residents up and down the coast were out watching the ocean to see if the tsunami had a big impact on their coastline.

The tsunami is expected to hit the California coast, around 4 a.m., primarily from San Onofre Beach in San Clemente and rapidly move up the coast to San Luis Obispo Bay. It could be felt as far south as Camp Pendleton and Oceanside so residents there should be cautious when in our around the beaches. According to the National Tsunami Warning Center the advisory is open-ended right now because it could last for hours or even days.

Most of San Diego’s beaches should be spared the tsunami since the coastline is mostly facing to the west. The advisory is mainly for areas with a south-southwest facing coastline.

Flood in La Serena, Chile due to tsunami (Twitter)
Flood in La Serena, Chile due to tsunami (Twitter)

The waves aren’t expected to be large, one foot scientists predict, but the currents will be powerful enough to sweep people off their feet if they are in the water. The beaches will be closed as of 4 a.m., bit no evacuations have been ordered yet. Authorities are warning residents to be cautious in the beach areas and mariners should be aware of the more powerful currents as well.

There will be more than one wave that could vary in size and strength and it could last for a couple hours or more. If you are anywhere near the coast of Sothern California you should be aware of the tsunami advisory and take precautions if anything looks out of place.

Coincidentally quakes hit California on Wednesday, in Mammoth Lakes and Big Bear Lake. which had the most powerful tremor, 4.0 that occurred at 3:47 p.m. Pacific Time.

Also there have been a series of minor earthquakes that occurred in Oklahoma on Wednesday and one in New Mexico.

U.S. Geological Survey earthquake report.