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Tuesday in San Francisco: How to get free COVID at-home tests, beaches close after Pacific volcano eruption and more

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By Sri Ravipati

Happy Tuesday, San Francisco! Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Jan. 18.

How to order up to 4 free at-home COVID tests

You can now order up to four free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government, KRON4 reports.

The website, is now online and appears to be processing requests for rapid antigen at-home tests (not PCR tests). While you will not be able to select which brand you receive, the tests offer results within 30 minutes.

Tests are completely free to order and expected to ship within 7 to 12 days.

San Francisco closes beaches following Pacific volcano eruption

San Francisco beaches were closed as a precaution Tuesday after an undersea volcano erupted in the Pacific Ocean and sent a surge of waves, including to the Bay Area, ABC7 reports.

The eruption occurred near the Pacific island nation of Tonga. At least three people were killed, according to NBC.

Meanwhile, in the Bay Area, firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard patrolled the shoreline.

San Francisco car owner finds stolen license plate on an identical stolen car

A San Francisco woman who had her car’s front license plate stolen discovered it on another identical stolen car, KPIX5 reports.

The owner circled the Nob Hill area where the driver had been ticketed and came across her stolen plate on an identical Audi Q5.

KPIX 5 previously reported on thieves targeting license plates in San Francisco then screwing them onto cars of the same make and model.

Thanks for reading today's S.F. news roundup! Did any of these stories hit home for you? Let me know in the comments.

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