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Tsunami advisory for San Luis Obispo County's coast issued following quake near Samoa

The Morro Bay Harbor Dept., U.S. Coast Guard and fire department will meet this later this evening to discuss its plans to monitor the waterfront after the National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory for coastal areas in California. At this point, officials said they’re going to get together to track it and determine what the necessary steps are. Harbor patrol officials said they’ll take precautions if necessary, including posting signs on the beach and monitoring jetties. They’re forecasting a 1 to 2-foot surge, but that could change, officials said. San Luis Obispo County’s Administrative Officer Jim Grant has activated the county emergency center. Grant said local beaches could get a wave of two feet, expected to his shortly before 9 p.m. He advised people to stay away from the water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says an advisory means that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is imminent or expected.

The center says widespread inundation is not expected.

Meanwhile, the SLO County Sheriff’s Department is asking people to refrain from calling 911 for information about the tsunami.

“911 call centers are for emergency reporting and not general information,” according to a release from the department. “Those seeking information should monitor broadcast outlets and appropriate radio and internet sites or wait for information provided by local authorities.”

The initial wave arrivals will begin about 9 p.m. Tuesday and build toward the most hazardous period early Wednesday morning.

Warning center official Guy Urban says a tsunami of 12 inches to 26 inches has been measured since the earthquake. Urban says it would be dangerous to people swimming or on beaches near the water.

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