UPDATE: Tsunami advisory issued for California coast

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La Conchita Pier. Scattered light rain and calm wind, with surf 2 to 4 feet, 54 degrees.

An advisory was issued Jan. 15 for the California coast, following a volcano eruption near the South Pacific nation of Tonga. 


At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, the National Weather Service stated on its website that "The tsunami advisory remains in effect for the coastal areas of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, from the California/Mexico border to North Vancouver Island British Columbia.

"If you are located in this coastal area, move 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 the water is expected or is already occurring.  Areas in the advisory should not expect widespread inundation. Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest."

 "At 8:27 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Jan. 14, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 1.0 occurred near the Tonga Islands.

"The tsunami advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

For more information about the tsunami advisory, visit the U.S. Tsunami Warning System at

The National Weather Service tsunami advisory may be viewed at:


 Editor's note: The National Weather Service has issued a tsunami advisory. An earlier headline described the tsunami "advisory" as a "warning," and those are two different categories of advice from the National Weather Service.





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