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

March 13, 2011 |  8:34 am



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