With a tsunami warning in effect for Northern California, two men watch the waves at San Francisco's Ocean Beach on Friday, March 11, 2011. The tsunami warnings came after a 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
The bluffs above San Francisco's Ocean Beach were dotted with spectators Friday morning who had heard about the tsunami warning and couldn't resist seeing the effects for themselves.
At about 8:30 a.m., the sun was shining, the air was warm, and the waves seemed no more dramatic than most days, several Sunset District residents said.
"This looks normal," said construction salesman Greg Miller, who lives a few blocks from the beach.
Standing on a bluff near Great Highway and Vicente Street, Miller said he wasn't worried about the tsunami warning.
"It hit Hawaii and didn't seem to do anything to Hawaii," he said.
Ben Derbidge and Garrick Bowie, both 39, agreed that the waves seemed about average.
They live across the street from the beach and said they don't feel vulnerable to tsunamis despite the installation of tsunami evacuation route signs in the neighborhood in recent years.
"There's one right in front of our house," Derbidge said.