Crescent City, CA: This is the latest news update that a California town that suffered terrible damage and loss of life in a 1964 tsunami was again struck by disaster today. A petty officer said that U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a man who was swept out to sea by tsunami waves near Crescent City in Northern California this morning. The coast of Del Norte County and Crescent City, specifically, appear so far to the hardest hit areas in California. Authorities said 3,000 people were evacuated from Crescent City and surrounding areas. A tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan reached California’s coast Friday morning, causing surges that shook some boats loose from docks as beach-area residents throughout the state evacuated to higher ground.
Officials estimate the waves have caused about $2 million in damage at the Santa Cruz Harbor, where several boats got loose and crashed into each other. Officials along California’s northern coast activated tsunami warning sirens to alert residents of low-lying areas to seek higher. ”The harbor has been destroyed,” said Crescent City Councilman Rich Enea in a phone interview at 9:45 a.m. “Thirty-five boats have been crushed and the harbor has major damage. Major damage.” The tiny town of Crescent City, CA is just 1.6 square miles, located 20 miles south of the Oregon border, with an annual rainfall average of 75 inches.
The tide began rising shortly after 7:30 a.m. along beaches in Crescent City, near the Oregon border, where the tsunami was expected to hit the hardest in California. Officials predicted that waves could reach as high as 7 feet there. The Hawaii tsunami warning was recently downgraded to an advisory. Many had already evacuated the coastal areas in fear of the tsunami waves, though little damage was caused in Hawaii and the United States, West Coast.
A tsunami advisory has issued for the Southern California coast south of Point Conception, including Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Orange and San Diego counties, according to the National Weather Service. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit Japan Friday, unleashing a 10-metre high tsunami that tossed ships inland and sparked fears that destructive waves could hit across the Pacific Ocean.