Strong currents under tsunami advisory for California coast

California Tsunami advisory map

Swimmers, surfers and boaters are being warned of potentially dangerous currents, but there has been no major surge under a tsunami advisory issued for California after a magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Adrian Diaz said early Thursday that beaches just south of Los Angeles are seeing strong currents and a surge of about a foot - conditions he says are not particularly unusual for this time of year.

Orange County beaches, harbors, piers and marinas were reopened at 6 a.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued the advisory for a 300-mile stretch from south Orange County to Ragged Point about 50 miles northwest of San Luis Obispo.

A tsunami advisory falls short of a tsunami warning, and waves inundating the land were not expected.

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