LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal experts have now issued a tsunami advisory for possible dangerous currents in coastal areas of California and Oregon following a magnitude 8 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said an advisory means that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is imminent or expected.
The earthquake had a magnitude of up to 8.3 as it struck between Samoa and American Samoa around dawn Tuesday, sending terrified residents fleeing for higher ground.
It's expected to hit Orange County at 9:16 p.m. tonight. I've got the crane with the light hooked up to the truck. Meet at the usual spot for night surfing.
Supplemental information (5:05 p.m.):
Curt Kaplan of the National Weather Service says "if I were on the coast, I would move inland."