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UPDATE: Central Coast beaches reopen after California tsunami advisory ends

NWS Los Angeles Oxnard

UPDATE: Thursday, 12:38 p.m.

Vandenberg Air Force Base announced late Thursday morning that its beaches would resume normal operations because "the Tsunami Advisory has been terminated."

The National Weather Service tweeted at 12:40 p.m. that the "tsunami advisory for SW California has been canceled. No impacts or damages reported with this event."


The National Tsunami Warning Center issued a Tsunami Advisory on Thursday morning, following an 8.3 magnitude earthquake that hit on Wednesday afternoon off the coast of Chile.

As of Thursday at 10:40 a.m. PDT, the National Weather Service was reporting  peak tsunami wave heights at a number of Central Coast and Southern California Locations. The following list indicates heights above tide levels:

  • Port San Luis - 0.6 ft at 7:45 a.m.
  • Santa Barbara - 0.7 ft at 7:36 a.m.
  • Ventura - 1.1 ft at 6:07 a.m.
  • Santa Monica - 0.7 ft at 9:38 a.m.
  • Port of Los Angeles - 0.4 ft at 7:44 a.m.

Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County made a decision Thursday morning to close its beaches in response to the Tsunami Advisory.
"Until further notice, all beaches on Vandenberg's coastline are closed by order of Col. Chris Moss, 30th Space Wing commander," the Air Force Base stated in a media advisory. "All personnel are advised to avoid Vandenberg beaches and shorelines. Beaches affected include: Surf, Minuteman, Wall and Brown Beach near Point Sal."

The tsunami advisories mean the shoreline on Vandenberg AFB could experience strong ocean currents, large waves. The conditions could last for several hours.

A Santa Barbara County's Office of Emergency Management statement on Thursday morning at 11:26 a.m. reminded residents and visitors that the advisory remained in effect.

"If you are located in this coastal area, move off the beach and out of harbors and marinas," the statement read. "Areas in the advisory should not expect widespread inundation. Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest."