Tsunami Reaches West Coast in the US Causing Millions in Damages
Oceanic waves caused by a major 8.9-magnitude earthquake in the northeast coast of Japan hit the western coast of the United States on Friday including California and Oregon. Associated Press reports that 6-8 foot waves flooded beaches in California and the pacific northwest causing millions in damages to harbors, destroying boats and docks in marinas and prompting the evacuation of residents near the shoreline.
Five people who were watching the waves were swept out to sea in Oregon, however one man who was taking pictures in the northwest coast of California is still missing and is presumed dead after rescue helicopters halted at search and rescue mission after seven hours flying over frigid waters.
In California, large waves wreaked havoc on docks causing millions of dollars in damages to boats, reports AP. Spokesman for the sheriff in Del Norte County stated upwards of 35 vessels were colliding as massive waves crashed boats together causing them to sink.