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Small waves in Santa Monica and Ventura

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

February 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A small 2.2-foot tsunami surge was measured in Santa Monica by the National Weather Service Saturday.The small wave spurred by the Chilean earthquake arrived at 12:24 p.m. Officials said a wave as large as 3.3-feet was expected to hit the area.

A larger surge was reported in Ventura where a 3-foot wave washed up buoys.

Tsunami advisories, the lowest level alert, were issued for throughout California, Oregon, Washington and parts of Alaska, following an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile.

Smaller waves were also expected in Malibu, at Los Angeles Harbor and Santa Barbara Saturday.

The National Weather Service said the biggest impact on the coast is likely to be unusual currents in harbors or near breakwaters.

Meanwhile a Tsunami warning is in effect for Hawaii. Sirens blasted on the island state to warn residents about the incoming waves. Authorities asked people living in areas near the water to evacuate. The first waves in Hawaii are expected to hit shortly after 11 a.m. (1 p.m. PST Saturday). Waves could measure as tall as 8-feet in Hilo.