Due to a magnitude 8.3 earthquake near the coast of central Chile the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach have been issued a Tsunami Advisory by the National Weather Service. This Advisory means that strong currents or waves may create pose a threat for people and vessels on the ocean or located in Marinas. Expected arrival time in Long Beach is 4:47 AM. The tsunami will begin to affect the California coast about 4:46 a.m. in Newport Beach and arrive a minute later in the Port of Los Angeles. By 5:06 a.m., the tsunami will arrive in Santa Barbara, and by 5:10 a.m., in Port San Luis.
A “widespread inundation of land is not expected” for these advisory areas. The tsunami is expected to bring strong currents and dangerous waves, and the ocean current may be especially hazardous for several hours, according to the Tsunami Warning Center.
Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety will staff Rescue Boats and additional units throughout the evening to advise citizens to stay away from beaches and rock jetties. Rescue Boats will be readily available to respond to emergencies and other issues that might occur in local Marinas due to unpredictable currents. Avoid overtightening of lines that secure boats to their slips as this may cause unnecessary damage.
The beaches in Long Beach will remain open through the night unless additional reports indicate that other definitive action is necessary.
For additional information, please contact the on-duty Marine Safety Captain at (562) 570-1360. Should additional updates be necessary, please monitor other social media outlets such as the Long Beach Fire Department Twitter account (@LBFD), PulsePoint, and Nixle.