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Coastside Tsunami Warning System Back In Operation

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People watch from a road above a beach as tsunami surges hit on March 11, 2011 in Half Moon Bay, California. (Kim White/Getty Images)

People watch from a road above a beach as tsunami surges hit on March 11, 2011 in Half Moon Bay, California. (Kim White/Getty Images)

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SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — Repair work has been completed on a series of tsunami warning sirens on the San Mateo County Coast, according to the sheriff’s office.

A test of the warning system in August found that five out of eight sirens positioned along 30 miles of coastline between Pacifica and Pescadero were not functioning properly.

The sirens and two base stations were updated to warn coastside residents in the event of a tsunami, even if a portion of the system is inoperable, the sheriff’s office said.

The new system has the capacity to deliver voice messages with possible instructions as well as a siren tone in the event of an emergency.

Officials plan to conduct a silent test of the system twice a day and an audible test on the first Wednesday of each month.

Anyone with questions can contact Jeff Norris at the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at (650) 599-1296.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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