Strong currents under tsunami advisory for California coast

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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NOTE: This story is from 9/17/2015

LOS ANGELES -- 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.