Earthquake in Japan Prompts Tsunami Warnings for California Coast

Lifeguards and Los Angeles Police Department helicopter patrol the nearly deserted Will Rogers State Beach as authorities warn people to stay away from the water as a precaution against a possible tsunami following a massive earthquake in Japan, on March 11, 2011 in Pacific Palisades, California. The 8.9 earthquake set off a massive tsunami that resulted in floods that closed airports and transit systems. Some 300 bodies were reportedly found on a beach in Sendai, Japan and another 110 bodies elsewhere.

In the picture above you can see people line a hill overlooking the bay to watch as tsunami surges hit on March 11, 2011 in Half Moon Bay, California. A tsunami warning for Northern California has been issued and a voluntary evacuation is in effect in Half Moon Bay.