Earthquake in Japan Prompts Tsunami Warnings for California Coast

California Coast after Japan Earthquake 4

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.

California Coast after Japan Earthquake

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.