Tsunami effects small in U.S.

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An 8.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan Thursday sending waves of tsunamis that swept the country’s coastline killing hundreds of people.

Tsunami alerts were issued for the entire California coastline and Hawaii and are expected to last throughout the day.

However, only small surges of tidal waters were expected in Malibu. One visitor to a beach south of Carbon Beach, said she was standing on rocks and was surprised by a sudden surge of water that soaked her clothes up to her chest.

Lifeguard officials are warning people to stay out of the water and off the beaches.