Tsunami Reaches San Diego

Saturday, Mar 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:46 AM PDT
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<a title=Monica Dean talks with SDFD spokesperson Maurice Luque and lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma about what is happening and not happening along San Diego's coastline." />

Monica Dean talks with SDFD spokesperson Maurice Luque and lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma about what is happening and not happening along San Diego's coastline.

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San Diego lifeguards were reporting some activity visible in Mission Bay Friday morning after a tsunami advisory was issued for San Diego County in the wake of a massive earthquake in Japan.

The first surge was expected to hit La Jolla at 8:41 a.m. By 9.19 a.m. lifeguards were reporting water rising in Mission Bay. Lifeguards said they would be patrolling the coastline for hours and monitoring the situation.

Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia were all on alert for a surge that was forecasted between three feet in some parts of California to just over a foot expected in San Diego County.

The greatest tsunami-caused damage in San Diego didn't occur until Friday afternoon when a barge shattered and drifted into multiple boats. Read more about the incident, which kept lifeguards busy into early Saturday morning.

Watch live video from Santa Cruz where the water dropped by about 9 feet. The harbor turned into a river as water was sucked out to sea Friday at around 8.10 a.m.

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