Tsunami Advisory Prompts Beach Closures at 8 p.m.
In light of today's tsunami advisory, L.A. County lifeguards will close beaches at 8 p.m., one hour before waves are expected to gain in height.
City officials with Parks and Recreation were unsure if the Venice Boardwalk would close, but facilities close at 7 p.m. with most businesses shutting doors around that time. A spokesperson at Councilmember Bill Rosendahl's office said he hoped the new skatepark, scheduled to open this weekend, won't be damaged.
The beach closures are only precautionary as "minor wave fluctuations around one foot are expected," according to the National Weather Service. A tsunami on American Samoa, near the location of this morning's 8.3 earthquake, has reportedly killed at least one person