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Vandenberg temporarily closes base beaches following tsunami warning

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Air Force Base has temporarily closed base beaches as a precautionary measure in response to the tsunami warning issued following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and emergency response officials, the warning currently forecasts potential for waves greater than 3 feet impacting Vandenberg's coast around 7:45 a.m.

The listing of a tsunami arrival time does not indicate a wave is imminent. The listed arrival time is the expected initial wave arrival. Tsunamis can be dangerous for many hours after arrival, and the initial wave is not necessarily the largest.

All personnel are advised to avoid coastal areas until further notice. Base officials will open beaches upon advisement that the potential threat has passed.