Tsunami in Santa Cruz, CA
The tsunami caused by the Japanese earthquake struck Santa Cruz, CA at about 9 to 10am Friday morning. Santa Cruz Small Boat Harbor is, unfortunately, positioned just so that the water's force shotgunned into the mouth. After several cycles of emptying and filling, officials are rough-guessing damage at $15 million (figure apparently includes infrastructure and boats.)
Further up the coast in Crescent City, home to a fairly large fishing fleet, the harbor sustained major damage. The Harbormaster estimates 3 dozen boats "crushed", no reports on sunk or foundering boats. Nearly all docks are apparently damaged or destroyed.
Along the California coast, only one person is believed to be missing (presumed dead at this point - 50 degree water, missing for about 6 hours.) The victim was one of 3 who went to the Oregon shore to take pictures of the tsunami waves. The other two were washed in, but managed to make it back to shore.
Monterey Harbor (about 25 miles south of Santa Cruz), where I am heading to tomorrow for diving, apparently suffered no damage at all. Apparently only minor damage to some boats within the San Francisco Bay.