Tsunami hits California, no injuries or damage - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Tsunami hits California, no injuries or damage

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) - No injuries or property damage were reported after tsunami waves from Chile's deadly earthquake hit West Coast shores.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said water surged 2.3 feet in Santa Monica shortly before 12:30 p.m. PST and the same in Santa Barbara shortly before 3 p.m. PST. The tsunami hit with less force in other areas, including a 1.1-foot surge in San Diego, and as far north as La Push, Wash.

Authorities reported scattered unusual tidal surges in San Diego and Ventura north of Los Angeles. The California Emergency Management Agency received reports of varying turbulence up and down the coast, but nothing significant.

In Northern California, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office closed beaches in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay. A road at the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge was closed for about a half-hour when high waves came crashing in.

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