NEWPORT BEACH — After a day of suspense and anticipation, Newport-Mesa residents were left with calm waters and heavy hearts for those in Japan hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami.
People flocked to bluffs and other vantage points to see the seas change, but for the most part they could see no perceptible difference from any other sunny March day.
Their schedules may have been affected, though. Authorities called residents at 4 a.m. to warn them of a coming tidal wave. Due to the tsunami advisory, the school district also closed Newport Elementary School on the Balboa Peninsula, and kept people off the beaches and out of the water until 1 p.m.
No damage was reported.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory for Southern California after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan the night before. Newport residents were awakened by an emergency warning from the city, saying strong currents or dangerous waves are expected, and that people should avoid the water. But significant, widespread inundation was never a threat.