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In California: Waiting On The Tsunami

In Breaking News, World News on March 12, 2011 at 2:17 am

The mood in California today has been foreboding for most. With all mainstream news channels reporting on the  8.9 earthquake that struck northern Japan in the wee hours of the morning, devastating so many lives.

Today’s occurrence is the most severe earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history and 1,000 times more powerful than the earthquake that struck Haiti last year. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Centers issued a warning for California because of fears of a tsunami traveling east.

Scientists reported that the Tsunami was due to hit the California coast around 8:30 a.m.

A little past 8:45 a.m. reports that northern California, particularly the area around Santa Cruz, had experienced damage to boats, marines and coastal roads. San Francisco area beaches had been closed as a precaution. In Southern California, news reports out of Ventura County said water had receded — one sign of an impending tsunami — and the waves were bigger than normal. But, overall, the damage was light. The ocean could be hazardous for up to 12 hours, but there seemed to be a lack of fear in California. The Santa Monica beach and beaches in Los Angeles County remained open. Representatives from federal agencies gave warnings, but, of course, the cautions didn’t discourage beach-goes and surfers who were getting an early start on the weekend.

With all the unrest from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan you would think it would keep surfers out of the water and away from the waves for at least a day. That was not the case, surfers were spotted out as early as 5:30am.

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