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L.A. Beaches, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Could Get Tsunami Warning Sirens

Tsunami warning sirens for L.A?

Tsunami warning sirens for L.A?

Update: The county Board of Supervisors today approved the motion to have the Office of Emergency Management look into the feasibility of installing sirens on the coast.

We noted recently that some of Southern California's most densely populated beach communities right here in L.A. don't have Japanese-style tsunami warning sirens that could save lives.

A tsunami inundation map shows that Venice and Marina Del Rey, built on low-lying wetlands, could be particularly hard hit by such waves.

So the L.A. County Board of Supervisors today will take up the possibility of installing sirens along the coast. You up for that?

Yeah, we're looking at you, rise-at-noon Spicoli. You're hungover, surfed out, and deep into two hours sleep -- and you're going to welcome a brain-bursting test siren at 6 a.m?

These areas would be under water if a good-sized tsunami hit L.A.

These areas would be under water if a good-sized tsunami hit L.A.

A motion (PDF) by county Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe asks the county Office of Emergency Management to report back on the "feasibility" of building Japanese-style sirens.

And by feasibility we're guessing "cost."

The full Board of Supervisors was expected to approve the request for a report today.

We don't have an offshore subduction-zone fault that could create the kind of tsunami seen in Japan this month. That doesn't mean it couldn't happen, though, or that one couldn't role across the Pacific from Asia someday.

Still, we're not sure the laid-back beach-lifestyle community would welcome blaring sirens. At least ones that don't come from the LAPD's Pacific Division.

First posted at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 29.