Monster Waves Smash Into California’s Ventura Beach Leaving Eight Injured; Beach Closed To Visitors

The monster waves crashed onto the Ventura beach spot where people were watching the Pacific Ocean.

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Monster Waves Smash Into California’s Ventura Beach Leaving Eight Injured; Beach Closed To Visitors

At least eight individuals were hurt, according to Ventura County firefighters, after a wave on Thursday took witnesses by surprise. The monster waves crashed onto the Ventura beach spot where people were watching the Pacific Ocean. This incident was captured on camera, and people were seen running away from the spot. Ventura Beach and other nearby beaches are closed until further notice for people’s safety.

Monster Waves Smash Into California’s Ventura Beach

Around 11am, monster waves came crashing at Ventura Beach. The information was provided by the National Weather Service in Oxnard, which covers a large portion of Southern California.

The water’s velocity knocked a few bystanders off their feet, as shown in the video, and they floated down the road. Due to unsafe conditions caused by heavy waves and flooding on Thursday afternoon, some beaches in Ventura County were closed.

Every beach from the Ventura Pier to Marina Park was closed, and while SKYCal flew over the region, it was evident that several waterfront residences had been damaged and that streets were inundated.  

Maximum wave height predictions for some areas of the county range from 15 to 18 feet. According to Surfline, the high will occur Thursday at approximately 6 pm, followed by 8 to 12 feet of height early on Friday and 10 to 15 feet of height early on Saturday morning. On Thursday morning, the Ventura County Fire Department reported on X that various places had flooded and that numerous water rescues had been carried out. 

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Lifeguard Had To Be Rescued

The video from Ventura beach went viral in no time. A lifeguard at a state park required rescue after becoming stuck in the strong waves and high tides. On Thursday morning into the weekend, forecasters from the National Weather Service issued a warning about hazardous beach conditions. 

Before the next large wave front arrives this weekend, read the warning about the small reduction in swell heights and times that is expected to occur on Thursday night into Friday. A coastal flood and high surf alert is in place for all Los Angeles County beaches, including Catalina Island, until 10 p.m. on Saturday. 

One could observe localised sets of fifteen to twenty feet at Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Palos Verdes Beach. According to Surfline, on Thursday, such regions have their highest point between 3 pm and midnight.

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Do not visit the beaches in this area for your own safety.

Cover Image Courtesy: @disastertrackerhq/X (formerly Twitter)

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