LOS ANGELES (AP) — California warned its coastal cities to prepare for possible tsunami waves following a deadly magnitude-8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile.

A tsunami advisory was issued for the coast of California and an Alaskan coastal area from Kodiak to Attu islands.

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An advisory means there may be strong currents, but that widespread inundation is not expected to occur.

Jordan Scott, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Management, said the state was monitoring the situation and that it’s up to local communities to prepare.

If a tsunami hits the West Coast, the first waves would reach La Jolla near San Diego, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.