No high waves in first hour of tsunami advisory


By Bay City News Service

National Park Service officials are monitoring Bay Area beaches today after a tsunami advisory was declared for the West Coast but haven't seen any major waves within the first hour of the advisory, an agency spokeswoman said.

A tsunami created by a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile overnight may be headed toward Hawaii, and the National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory -- which is not as serious as a warning -- for Bay Area coastlines.

The tsunami was expected to hit the Bay Area coast at about 1:26 p.m.

"So far, things have been fine," National Park Service spokeswoman Chris Powell said. "We really haven't seen any high waves."

Residents have been warned to stay off local beaches, but no National Park beaches, including Fort Funston Beach, Ocean Beach, China Beach, Baker Beach, Fort Point, Crissy Field, Rodeo Beach, Horseshoe Cove at Fort Baker, Tennessee Valley Beach, Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Limantour Beach and Drakes Beach, have been closed, Powell said.

Officials previously reported Muir Beach and Stinson Beach were closed, but they have remained open, according to Powell.

In San Mateo County, the Pillar Point harbormaster is watching for any changes in the waves and the sheriff's office, Cal Fire and police agencies up and down the coast are working together to monitor the situation, sheriff's Lt. Ray Lunny said.

He said 1.6-foot waves are possible in Pacifica and up to 3-foot waves could hit Half Moon Bay.

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