Huge tidal waves hit California beaches as the moon, Earth and sun all align

CALIFORNIA’s beaches were hit by a shower as giant tides hit the coast, when the moon, Earth and sun were all aligned.

The state will see some of the highest and lowest tides of the year as the gravitational pull of the sun and moon acts on the planet.

A surfer rides on a big wave (file image)

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A surfer rides on a big wave (file image)Credit: Getty
A nearly 7 foot high king tide pushes waves against the breakwater at Butterfly Beach in November 2020 in Santa Barbara

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A nearly 7 foot high king tide pushes waves against the breakwater at Butterfly Beach in November 2020 in Santa BarbaraCredit: Getty

Some coastal communities, especially in San Francisco Bay Area, subject to local flooding.

Beach hazard advisories issued by National Weather Service (NWS) for the Southern California area, although no significant damage is expected.

“These tides will peak mid-to-late morning,” the NWS said on Friday, adding that the “lowest tides of the season will occur a few hours later in the evenings.” afternoon.”

Tides are a natural phenomenon that can occur several times a year and arise when a new or full moon is closest to the Earth and the Earth is closest to the sun.

Environmental scientists are of particular interest to king tides, because although they are not linked to environmental change, they provide a glimpse into what higher sea levels might look like. as a result of global warming and its possible impact on local communities.

King tides indicate how and where rising water levels can extend inland, especially when they occur during stormy conditions.

As flooding increases, large waves can erode beaches and cliffs as well as raise coastal groundwater levels, NPR report.

NS California The Office of Legislative Analysts reported in August 2020: “Scientific estimates suggest that the magnitude of sea level rise (SLR) in California could be as little as half a foot by 2030 and as much as seven feet. in the year 2100.

“Furthermore, storm surges, particularly high ‘spring tides’, or El Niño events can produce significantly higher water levels than the SLR alone.”

Research An estimated $10 billion worth of property in California is likely to be underwater by 2050.

An additional $6-10 billion would be at risk during high tides.

The organizers of California King Tide Project asked residents and visitors to take photos and share images of the phenomenon over the weekend, “to create a record of changes to our coastlines and estuaries.”

The team says the uploaded images will be added to the map of this season’s king tides.

The organization also organizes activities and guided walks for the public at various beaches on weekends.

Water from a high tide flooded a staircase along the Embarcadero in San Francisco in 2017

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Water from a high tide flooded a staircase along the Embarcadero in San Francisco in 2017Credit: AP
Waves from high tide crashing against rocks at Shore Acres State Park near Charleston in southwestern Oregon in December 2021

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Waves from high tide crashing against rocks at Shore Acres State Park near Charleston in southwestern Oregon in December 2021Credit: Rex

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