LOS ANGELES -- Lifeguards have given the "all clear" for Los Angeles beaches after a massive earthquake in the South Pacific near American Samoa triggered a tsunami advisory along the California coast.
Los Angeles County lifeguard Capt. Terry Harvey said Wednesday morning that crews found no dangerous currents or other hazards during their night patrols.
The warning for strong currents and dangerous waves prompted L.A. County officials to clear area beaches around 8 p.m. Tuesday.
More than two hours later, the U.S. Coast Guard in the Los Angeles area at four on-shore locations -- Morro Bay, Channel Islands Harbor, Newport Harbor and the Port of Los Angeles -- reported no noticeable marine conditions, surges or waves.
Redondo Beach also reported no damage.
"Fortunately, the main threat period passed without any noticeable damage in Redondo Beach," Mayor Mike Gin said in a statement.
A tsunami 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.
Significant, widespread inundation was not expected for local beaches.
Currents were feared to be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures.
National Weather Service forecasters said they believed rising ocean levels would be felt mostly along the Central Coast, roughly from Monterey Bay south to Point Conception in Santa Barbara County.
According to the NWS, tides would rise 1 to 2 feet in areas such as San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Cayucos.
The arrival time in Santa Barbara was expected at 9:03 p.m. Tuesday.
The arrival time in Santa Monica was expected at 9:11 p.m., and 9:15 p.m. for the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach.
Los Angeles Port Police evacuated all beach goers from Cabrillo Beach in the San Pedro area by 7 p.m. The evacuation was expected to last until Wednesday morning.
Additionally, no one was allowed on or near the breakwater.
Port police also informed terminal operators about the advisory, but operators were not told to shut down operations.
At King Harbor in Redondo Beach, officials told boat dwellers in the marina to head for higher ground after 8 p.m. and to make sure nothing was loose on their boats.
In Seal Beach, where beaches normally close at 10 p.m., officials closed an hour early as a precaution. Officials in Huntington Beach said they had no plans to close beaches, but closely monitored the situation.
The quake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn in the South Pacific between Samoa and American Samoa.
Local Beaches Given "All Clear" After Tsunami Advisory
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