Tsunami to hit San Francisco, Bay Area beaches; coastal roads, beaches closed 

A tsunami is going to hit San Francisco and the Bay Area on Friday morning, the aftermath of the the devestating 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan.


The wave is expected to hit the San Francisco area at about 8 a.m., according to Mayor Ed Lee, who spoke with the media about The City's response at 7:30 a.m. at Emergency Operations Center at 1011 Turk St.


The wave was expected to be just over a foot tall, but hit the area during low tide, minimizing damage. Evacuation of low-lying areas of San Francisco was not expected as of 7:30 a.m. Friday morning in San Francisco.


Other areas of the coast expected to see larger waves than San Francisco, according to Lee, and evacuations were in place.


Due to the threat of large damaging waves on California's coastal areas Friday morning, San Francisco police shut down the upper and lower Great Highway. The National Park Service closed Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, China Beach, and Fort Funston, according to the Office of the Mayor.

The City's Emergency Operations Center has been activated, and The City's Department of Emergency Management is in contact with the California Emergency Management Agency, the Mayor's Office said.

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