Following a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that occured off of the east coast of Japan, a tsunami hit the coast of California on March 11, 2011. The tsunami, which arrived as a 3-foot rise in the water, sank 14 boats, damaged up to 50 others, and caused an estimated $26 million in damage to the Santa Cruz Harbor. At least one surfer had to be rescued from the difficult tide, but no injuries from the event were reported in the county. At 6:40 am the morning of March 11, a pre-recorded reverse 911 call was sent out to 6,620 local residents calling for a voluntary evacuation to higher ground. Officials closed county beaches, which were re-opened by 5pm that day. The first surge arrived at 7:45 am. The damage caused by the tsunami closed the harbor for repairs until March 22.
The destruction by a tsunami depends on the direction and the force of the wave. (The more force, the larger the wave.) To estimate the damage in the county by waves of different direction and force, there is a simulator on the internet at: :http://tsunami-maps.com
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The Tsunami of September 15, 2015 from South America was so small in force that it wasn't noticed when it arrived in the Monterey Bay coast at 9:17 AM.
- Authorities reflect on tsunami response in Santa Cruz County, by Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 14, 2011
- Harbor design may have contributed to damage: Shallow water, sedimentation and narrow channel seemed to make the difference, by J.M. Brown, Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 19, 2011
- Tsunami wreaks havoc on the harbor: Surge sinks, damage vessels as crowds flock to the coast for rare spectacle, by Cathy Kelly, Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 11, 2011
- 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami Article on Wikipedia
- Video of the tsunami hitting the harbor
- Santa Cruz History
2011-03-24 10:22:06 i feel bad for japan