Crescent City Tsunami Warning

Published: March 11, 2011

Crescent City Tsunami Warning, Waves of a tsunami triggered by a catastrophic earthquake hit Japan’s west coast United States, causing extensive damage to ports and wharves in California.

Breaking waves on the coast of California has reached the highest of feet.

In Santa Cruz, a local emergency was declared during a series of waves from boats from their moorings and sent them crashing on piers and bridges. Pleasure boats half-buried were seen pumping in Santa Cruz harbor.

The rising tide and caused an estimated $ 2 million in damages to the Santa Cruz small craft harbor, according to a spokesman for the county.

The phenomenon of declining water before secondary surges ashore – drag boats dislodged front and rear – was seen by the excited spectators.

In Crescent City, officials told the Times-Standard that the port was destroyed.

Crescent City Councilman Rich Enea said the newspaper of 35 ships had been crushed, and Del Norte County Sheriff Commander Bill Steven said that most docks are gone.

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Tsunami warnings issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center covers an area stretching across the west coast of the United States and Canada from the Mexican border for Chignik Bay, Alaska.

The tsunami struck the Hawaiian Islands on Friday morning, with six-foot waves recorded on Maui.

CBS Station Kpix correspondent James Reid reports this morning thousands of people were placed at a higher ground along Highway in San Mateo County, and are waiting for the warning. There are also hundreds of spectators along the cliffs with cameras and binoculars.

Cristin Ayers Kpix corresponding reports of shrinkage water Pacifica. Although the tracks were cleared, some dog walkers have been spotted.

Kpix corresponding Cassandra Treasure-Jones said Internet users have gone into the water in Santa Cruz, despite warnings from lifeguards to come

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In Alaska, the tsunami has caused a wave a little over 5 feet at Shemya in the Aleutian Islands 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The National Weather Service reported a .6-foot wave hit the coast from Washington to La Push, and waves of 1.5 meters were measured at Neah Bay and Port Angeles.

In Oregon, the sirens blew in some coastal communities and at least one hotel was evacuated in the northern part of the state. Restaurants, gift shops and other activities by the sea have remained shuttered and schools up and down the coast were closed.

Geophysicist Gerard Fryer at the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said water level reached Port Orford, Ore., around 7:30 am PST Friday.

In southern California cities closed beaches and docks. A primary school in the Peninsula of Newport Beach was closed for the day.

Los Angeles Port Police Sgt. Ryan Howley said port operations are normal but loading and unloading of fuel has been interrupted.

Evacuations were ordered in parts of Washington, Oregon and California.

“This is not an exercise,” reads a pamphlet issued by sheriff’s deputies and firefighters in Washington County Grays Harbor, which door to door in low areas of the small coastal community of Moclips, urging residents to evacuate in advance of an expected tsunami wave.

It was the second time in just over a year as Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States against the threat of a tsunami. An earthquake of 8.8 magnitudes in Chile has led to warnings on February 27, but the waves were much smaller than expected and almost no damage was reported.

Scientists have recognized that they exaggerated the threat, but defended their actions, saying they have taken appropriate action and learn from the Indonesian tsunami of 2004 that killed thousands of people who did not adequate warning.

In the Canadian province of the Pacific coast of British Columbia, authorities evacuated marinas, beaches and other areas.

In Alaska, a dozen small communities along the Aleutian Island chain were on alert, but there were no reports of damage caused by a wave just over feet.

Officials in Washington in two coastal counties used an automated telephone alert system to call residents of the coast and in low areas and asking them to move to higher ground.

“We certainly do not want to cry” wolf, “the sheriff said Scott Johnson of Washington Pacific County.” We just hope we are doing the right thing according to our information. We do not want to be wrong and have people injured or killed. ”

Latin American governments ordered islands and coastal residents to head for higher ground. First would be affected Chile’s Easter Island, in the remote South Pacific, about 2.175 miles east of the capital Santiago, where people expected to evacuate the city only. Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency and ordered people on the Galapagos Islands and the coast of the mainland to seek higher ground.

The worst wave of strikes in the United States was a tsunami caused by a magnitude 8.1 earthquakes near Unimak Island, Alaska, that killed people, mostly in Hawaii. In 1960, an earthquake of magnitude 9.5 in southern Chile caused a tsunami that killed at least 1,716 people, including people in Hilo. It also destroyed most of downtown in this city. In the Americas, a tsunami from an earthquake of magnitude 9.2 in Prince William Sound, Alaska, has struck the State of Washington, Oregon and California. He killed 128 people, including in Crescent City, California.

The Associated Press

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