Tsunami In Crescent City Ca
Published: March 11, 2011
Tsunami In Crescent City Ca, (CP)
– The tsunami waves swept the beaches of Hawaii and shook the U.S. west coast Friday, but not immediately after Japan’s devastating cause major damage and causing evacuations across the Pacific.
Kauai was the first of the Hawaiian Islands beaten by the tsunami, which was caused by an earthquake in Japan. The water had come down at least 11 feet (3 meters) high, near Kealakekua Bay on the west side of the Big Island, and reached the lobby of a hotel. Flooding was reported in Maui, and washed with water on the roads on the Big Island.
Scientists and officials warned that the first tsunami waves are not always the strongest, said residents along the coast should be aware of strong currents and heed calls for evacuation.
“The tsunami alert has not ended,” said Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “We are seeing significant adverse activity, especially on Maui and the Big Island. No way we are clear in the rest of the state as well.”
high water reached the West Coast before 11:30 a.m. ET (1630 GMT) on Friday, after the evacuations were ordered and closed beaches along the coast.
Fishermen in Crescent City, California, – when a tsunami in 1964 killed 11 people – fired their crab boats left the harbor to weather an expected wave.
Sirens sounded hours before dawn, up and down the coast and in Hawaii, roads and the beaches were empty as the tsunami. As sirens sounded throughout the night, most residents cleaned the coasts and low lying areas.
“I’m waiting to see if I will be working and if I can go to work,” said Sabrina Skiles, who spent the night at the office of her husband in the middle of Kahului on Maui. His house, across the street from the beach, was in a mandatory evacuation zone. “They’re saying the worst is over now, but we keep hearing reports that” not going anywhere. I do not want to go too early. ”
The tsunami, generated by an earthquake of 8.9 magnitude in Japan, hit the eastern coast of Japan, dragging boats, cars, houses and people as widespread fires burning out of control. It ran across the Pacific at 500 miles per hour (800 kilometers) per hour – as fast as a plane – despite the tsunami waves on the roller coaster at a normal speed.
President Barack Obama said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to come to the aid of Hawaii and the West Coast States, as needed. Coast Guard crews were positioning themselves to be ready to carry out missions and the survey response as soon as conditions permit.
It is the second time in just over a year that Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast the threat of a massive tsunami. An earthquake of 8.8 earthquake in Chile generated warnings on 27 February 2010, but the waves were much smaller than expected and almost no damage was reported.
Scientists acknowledged that exaggerate the threat, but defended his actions, saying they had taken adequate measures and lessons learned from the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia that killed thousands of people who did not receive adequate warning.
Many islands in the Pacific evacuated after warnings were issued, but authorities told residents to return home because the waves were not as bad as expected.
In Guam, the U.S. wave broke two Navy submarines from its moorings, but the underwater tugs corralled and brought back to its dock. There were no reports of damage to Navy ships in Hawaii.
The warnings issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Tsunami covered an area stretching across the west coast of Canada and the United States border with Mexico to Chignik Bay in Alaska.
In the Canadian province’s Pacific coast of British Columbia, authorities evacuated to 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 a little over 5 feet (1.5 meters).
Officials at two Washington coastal counties used an automated phone alert, calling residents on the coast and in low areas and asking them to move to higher ground.
“I certainly do not want to cry wolf,” said Sheriff Scott Johnson Washington Pacific County. “We just hope we’re doing the right thing based on our information. Do not want to be wrong and people injured or killed.
In Oregon, the sirens criticized in some coastal communities and at least one hotel was evacuated in the northern part of the state. Restaurants, gift shops and waterfront businesses, others were closed, and schools along the coast were closed.
Rockne Berge, owner of The Inn By the sea in Port Orford, on the southern coast of Oregon, said he saw a band of wet sand about 50 meters wide – an indication of a larger wave than usual. People are views on cliffs above the beach to watch the waves, he said.
“It looks like a mall parking lot in a sale of Christmas” she said.
In Santa Cruz, California, retreating waves broke a couple of boats and a pier, but surfers who rushed to the beach to catch waves without flinching.
“The tides are right, the surf is good, the weather is nice, the Tsunami is there. Let’s go,” said William Hill, a soldier from California out of service.
Latin American governments ordered islanders and coastal residents to head to higher ground. First of all concerned would be Chile’s Easter Island, in the remote South Pacific about 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) west of the capital Santiago, where people expected to evacuate the city only. The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency and ordered people in the Galapagos Islands and mainland coast to seek higher ground.
The tsunami alert was issued Friday at 3:31 am EST (0831 GMT). Sirens sounded about 30 minutes later, in Honolulu to alert people in coastal areas to evacuate. About 70 percent of Hawaii’s 1.4 million population lives in Honolulu, and up to 100,000 tourists in the city on any given day.
On Friday, the Honolulu International Airport remained open, but seven or eight aircraft bound for Hawaii has become everything, including some from Japan, the Department of Transportation said. All ports are closed and the boats were ordered to leave the port.
Honolulu Department of Emergency Management has created areas of refuge at community centers and schools, and authorities on the island of Kauai has opened 11 schools serving as shelters for those who have left the tsunami flood zones.
A small earthquake of 4.5 magnitude struck the Big Island just before 5:00 a.m. ET (1000 GMT) but there were no reports of damage and earthquakes are not likely related, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey said .
Dennis Fujimoto, said Friday that the mood is tranquil, but within the island of Kauai, as people prepared for the tsunami.
Long lines formed at gas stations and people went to Wal-Mart to stock up on supplies.
“You people out there with trucks of water,” he said.
The worst wave of U.S. strike tsunami of 1946 was caused by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake near Unimak Island, Alaska, that killed 165 people, mostly in Hawaii. In 1960, a magnitude 9.5 earthquake in southern Chile caused a tsunami that killed at least 1,716 people, including 61 people in Hilo. It also destroyed most of the city center. In the continental U.S., a tsunami in 1964 a magnitude 9.2 earthquake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, hit the state of Washington, Oregon and California. Killed 128 people, including 11 in Crescent City, California.
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