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LA County beaches reopen following tsunami fears

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LOS ANGELES — Lifeguards have given the all-clear for visitors to return to Los Angeles County beaches following a magnitude-8 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa that prompted a tsunami advisory.

Los Angeles County lifeguard Capt. Terry Harvey said Wednesday morning that crews found no dangerous currents or other hazards during their night patrols.

The National Weather Service allowed its tsunami advisory to expire early Wednesday.

Harvey says the tide was not higher than normal and a few Boogie boarders and surfers at Venice Beach disregarded the advisory. There were no injuries.

The massive tsunami flattened Samoan villages and swept cars and people out to sea, killing at least 99 people.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lifeguards have given the all-clear for visitors to return to Los Angeles County beaches following a magnitude-8 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa that prompted a tsunami advisory.

Los Angeles County lifeguard Capt. Terry Harvey said Wednesday morning that crews found no dangerous currents or other hazards during their night patrols.

The National Weather Service allowed its tsunami warning to expire early Wednesday.

Harvey says the tide was not higher than normal and a few Boogie boarders and surfers at Venice Beach disregarded the advisory. There were no injuries.

The massive tsunami flattened Samoan villages and swept cars and people out to sea, killing at least 99 people.