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Huge Waves, Flooding in Southern Calif

Associated Press News Wire (<)
Wed, 21 Dec 2005 22:33:05 -0600

Huge Waves Crash Onto California Coast

Huge waves pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, forcing
the rescue of struggling surfers, closing piers and causing minor

The National Weather Service warned of breakers 15 feet to 20 feet or
higher in coastal areas northwest of Los Angeles, and waves exceeding
15 feet along San Diego County.

The swells were generated by storms in the Pacific, but the first day
of winter in Southern California was summerlike and crowds gathered on
beaches to watch the churning surf.

The piers at Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo
Beach were closed, said Los Angeles County lifeguard Capt. Terry
Harvey. In San Diego County, piers at Ocean Beach and Imperial Beach
also were closed.

"We're trying to warn surfers that we have high surf and strong rip
currents and they should use extreme caution," said Venice Beach
lifeguard Capt. Mike Cunningham.

At Seal Beach, a surfer trying to ride big waves broke a leg when he
was thrown into the sand, said lifeguard Capt. Ross Pounds.

Huge surf also pounded San Diego's beaches. In Encinitas, a north San
Diego suburb, thousands of spectators -- mothers with strollers,
bicyclists in helmets, and businessmen in suits and ties -- stopped
for a glimpse. In San Diego, extra lifeguards were posted.

"This is the kind of day we all wait for," John Roseman, who rode
waves in La Jolla, told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Upon first seeing this headline in the
news feed, I wondered if it was a sort of 'minature tsuami', and I
have heard elsewhere that there is a dangerous 'crack' in the ocean
just off the coast of middle/southern California which is just waiting
for an earthquake in that spot which will force a _real_ tsuami. Is
that right or wrong? PAT]

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