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Tsunami video: Coast Guard chopper captures waves battering Crescent City harbor



The Coast Guard has released dramatic video shot by a helicopter showing the tsunami destroying parts of Crescent City's harbor.

A Coast Guard Air Station North Bend HH-65C Dolphin helicopter was sent over Crescent City on Friday as the tsunami that started with Japan's 9.0 quake battered the harbor.

Officials said a number boats were lost and docks destroyed by the waves, which topped 8 feet.

"We're facing not only physical but financial disaster," harbormaster Richard Young told residents and elected officials during an early briefing. "Our business activity came to a screeching halt yesterday, and that affects the entire community."

Below is raw footage of the aftermath from CBS News.

Photos: Tsunami surge damages Crescent City harbor

-- Shelby Grad

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dangeress sunami

i feel so sad about it

Boo frickin' hoo. Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to put it into a little perspective with the loss of life and property in Japan? We lost one idiot taking pictures, and they've lost upwards of 10,000. Go call leroy jethro gibbs for some tips on how to build a boat in your basement and get started.

It would help the viewers of these posted pictures of the Tsunami [ Crescent City] C.C .harbor if one would put the before pictures along side to compare ....you know the before an after./ thanx

This is amazing footage. There was very little news coverage of the tsunami hitting our West coast. This is dreadful - many commercial fishing boats sinking and getting damaged. The plight of the one fishing boat as it makes a dash out of the harbor to deep water is unreal. I caught myself cheering it on as it hit one huge wave after another and was swept towards marker buoys and rocks. I think it made it? Nice work, USCG!!!

I agree with JJ - boo frickin' hoo - good way to put that - anybody watched those videos from Japan yet ??

Thank you for amazing footage... very sad for the fishing industry in Crescent City.. I have been there many times and the best local fish ever.... !! Good humble people giving away much of their wares of fresh fabulous fish... AMAZING view of the boat escaping and battling through the tsunami !! OMG.. My heart raced feeling his anguish and panic as he could barely control through that water and those waves ... phew that was intense!! good job guys!

First, may I complement the crew of the US Coast Guard airship and the videographer aboard the copter.
I taught oceanography at Humboldt State in the late 60s and early 70s so I appreciate the video both as a former resident of No. California and as a former scientist who only got to talk about tsunamis in classrooms.
It is, of course, highly difficult to make any analysis about the tsunami or the effects on Crescent City that your video shows, but it is highly appreciated by a fellow who used to go down to the beaches there.
I now live in Toronto, Ontario and would welcome any emails from any friends who would care to write to rilare@hotmail.com.
Richard L Reinert

in the moments of the devistation that hit crescent city, i was loading up my car with my three small children to head for higher grounds. while the alarms sounded off threw out our county, people were in panic mode. cars flying past center mediums in the roads, on the side of the roads if they could, just to pass all the hundrends of people already fleeing for safty. when your in a situation that has an unknown end result that could end up in thousands of lives being lost, you do what you can to stay safe! we didnt lose thousands of lives or even hundrens but we did lose ONE! and that was one to many. it was his/her choice to be out there in such a scary situation but that doen't give anyone the right to bad mouth any aspect of this situation. I FEEL FOR THE WHOLE WORLD! and i feel for those out there that live inland and cant even come to understand what has happened to the thousands of people in this tragic nightmare. weather we've lost our lives, our homes, or even a few boats.....its impacted eveyone in some way!

life long resident of Crescent City

J.J and N.G, you idiots totally miss the whole point. Japan was being filmed by every news crew on the planet. I saw it when it happened and it was devastating!

People in Crescent City are thousands of miles from the epicentre and this is what the impact is.

Get a grip on your sensitivity. Hopefully you live near the north pole somewhere.


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