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Laguna beaches open after tsunami advisory

March 11, 2011|By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com

Beaches in Laguna Beach have been reopened after a tsunami advisory issued early Friday morning following a 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan last night.

[Update: The city did not sustain any damage associated with the tsunami, City Manager John Pietig wrote in his Friday Update.]

A series of waves about 2 feet high were expected to hit the coast for a three-hour period beginning at 8:39 a.m., according to Pietig in a separate statement.

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The city opened an emergency operations center as a precautionary measure.

Businesses and residents on the Laguna Beach coastline were alerted at 5 a.m. via the Alert OC "reverse 911" system. A county hotline has been set up to handle questions from the community at (714) 628-7085.

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