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Tsunami warning: Waves in Santa Cruz damage docks, jostle boats like a ‘major car collision’

March 11, 2011 |  9:42 am

Residents of Santa Cruz County living along the coast or near major rivers have been advised to evacuate as the first waves linked to Japan's 8.9 earthquake reached land there, jostling boats and damaging docks.

Authorities issued an evacuation advisory about 6:40 a.m. for coastal residents and those living along the San Lorenzo and Capitol rivers, and other major waterways in Santa Cruz County, said county spokesman Enrique Sahagun.

The first waves reached land about 7:45 a.m. At Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, the swells pushed and bumped boats together and broke some docks, but total damage is unknown thus far, Sahagun said.

"The water is pushing the boats together like a major car collision on Highway 405 or another big highway," he said.

Sahagun added that the California state emergency services had warned him that oncoming earthquake-related waves could continue for another 10 to 12 hours and cause more damage.


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