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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 15:45

Tsunami Watch Provokes Shrug From San Francisco Residents

(TNS) — Lynn Lu flipped on Java Beach Cafe’s lights at 5 a.m. Tuesday and got to work opening the small San Francisco coffee and bagel shop just half a mile away from Ocean Beach.

She turned on the coffee pots and cash register, took down the chairs from the wooden tables and opened the doors at 1396 La Playa St.

In Lu’s mind, it was business as usual.

That is until her first customer came in for their morning cup of coffee and told her a tsunami watch had been called in the early morning hours for the coast of California.

“If I’d known about it, it would’ve been scary,” said Lu, 56, who lives by the San Francisco Zoo. “I didn’t know anything about it this morning until a customer told me. When I heard it was canceled, I kind of relaxed.”

A tsunami watch was issued in California after a 7.9 earthquake hit at 1:32 a.m. in the Gulf of Alaska. The National Tsunami Warning Center canceled the tsunami watch at about 4 a.m. but said some areas might still see some sea level changes. The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management advised residents along the coast to remain cautious.