A deadly 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s eastern coast — one of the largest ever recorded — in the early hours on Friday (Thursday night L.A. time), killing over 60 people and injuring hundreds more. The quake triggered fires, aftershocks and a nearly 23-foot tsunami afterward that swept up boats, car, homes and debris.
The disaster has spawned tsunami warnings across the Pacific as far as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. west coast. A tsunami advisory has taken effect for Southland beaches, shutting down beaches for the day as a precaution.
The quake has prompted tsunami warnings and closures all around Southland beaches due to unsafe beach conditions. Tsunami-related waves may occur in San Pedro at 8:32 a.m., Santa Monica at 8:39 a.m. and Newport Beach at 8:45 a.m. according to the National Weather Service.
According to our friends at CBS Local, several beaches will be closed on Friday as a precaution:
- The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says some beaches, including Malibu, will be closed Friday as a precaution.
- Orange County officials have also closed access at all beaches, harbors and piers, warning residents to stay away from strong currents.
- The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says county beaches will be open, but extra officers will be on patrol.
- Areas south of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County area are currently under a tsunami advisory.
- The National Weather Service says wave heights of about two feet are expected, but they will pack a strong current.
The initial surges of tsunami-related waves are expected to hit around 8 a.m. Read more about the deadly earthquake in Japan at CBS Local.