Tsunami advisory for West Coast issued

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Federal experts issued a tsunami advisory for possible dangerous currents in coastal areas of California and Oregon following a magnitude-8 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said 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 said widespread inundation is not expected.

The hazardous period was to occur early this morning.

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