Then the communications were cut off, leaving the public with a false sense of security. "We're still on alert for additional swells and surges of water, which means everyone else should be, too.". In 1964, 11 people died when waves slammed into Crescent City, inundating the downtown area. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the worst of the waves passed along California's coastline by late afternoon, but emergency officials were warning people to still stay away from the shore until this morning at least. But there are things that could have been done to better prepare Palu for what happened. "Nobody was injured and no homes were damaged, and that was all good news," she said. Click here to sign in with "At first, the waves looked like nothing, and then all of a sudden they started hitting the pier on the north side and the boats lifted up - and then the piers started ripping apart. They might help if you're lucky if you've got one in just the right place. In 2011, hours of warning enabled an effective evacuation of Crescent City, although one man, taking photos of the tsunami at the mouth of the Klamath River, died after being swept to sea. In fact, tsunami translates from Japanese literally as "harbor wave," as the towns known to be clobbered by tsunamis were at the long end of narrow harbors on the northeastern coast of Japan's Honshu island, Fryer said. and The Great Highway on Friday March 11, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif. During a tsunami warning at Ocean Beach after an 8.9 earthquake hit Japan, people wait on the sea wall at the corner of Sloat Blvd. A tsunami warning for areas on the west coast was in effect on Friday morning. Neither your address nor the recipient's address will be used for any other purpose. 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The tsunami began hitting the coast around 8:24 am and was expected to be 2 to 5 feet high. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Jose State University and was raised in California and Nevada. A strong current from a tsunami surge streams past anchored boats on the harbor in Santa Cruz, Calif., Friday, March 11, 2011. Scientists said California faces similar vulnerabilities. "If you feel strong ground shaking and it lasts for 10 to 15 seconds or so, or maybe even less—don't take any chances. It's almost like a bull's-eye is where the city is," Synolakis said. NTHMP 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. Watching for a tsunami at Ocean Beach after an 8.9 earthquake hit Japan, Jim Villatoro (cntr) points as he joins others on the sea wall at the corner of Sloat Blvd. "From there, the ocean just tore everything up. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no Thousands evacuated to higher ground in Watsonville, Humboldt County, the San Mateo County coast and other areas, and though the biggest action turned out to be gawking at choppy waves, nerves were still on edge much of the day. During the great 2011 Japan tsunami, some of the first detailed alerts underestimated the size of the tsunami to be lower than the protective sea walls on the coast. "They did the best they could with the information they had available," Bernard said. But this tsunami was generated after a quake began on land on a strike-slip fault—the same kind of fault as the San Andreas, where one block of land slides past the other horizontally. Coast Guard fly over coastline as they watch the surge as the Tsunami approaches the coastline, Friday March 11, 2011, in Pacifica, Calif. "The DARTs are really wonderful for judging a tsunami and figuring out how it's going to be on the far side of the ocean," said Gerard Fryer, former geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii. Boats collided after a 2011 tsunami swept through Crescent City. Officer Jose Perez (l to r) talks to John Motroni of San Francisco, who was out to take his dog Jack for a walk, at Sloat Blvd. Deep-sea sensors are more intended to detect tsunamis that are farther from its destination, not a matter of minutes away from the shoreline. Near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, three friends who had gathered to take photos were swept into the ocean. A tsunami warning is flashed along Highway 17 in the mountains leading to the coastal town of Santa Cruz, Calif., Friday, March 11, 2011. Residents of Crescent City, Calif., regularly practice evacuations in case of a tsunami. A boat is partially submerged at the Santa Cruz Harbor in Santa Cruz, Ca., on Friday March, 11, 2011, following the aftermath of the hugh Japan earthquake which triggered a tsunami that reached the West Coast of California today. In 2011, hours of warning enabled an effective evacuation of Crescent City, although one man, taking photos of the tsunami at the mouth of the Klamath River, died after being swept to sea. He has witnessed seven prison executions and has covered many of the biggest breaking stories of our time, from the Sept. 11 terror attacks at Ground Zero and the Columbine High School massacre to Barack Obama's election as president, the deadly Mendocino Complex, Wine Country and Ghost Ship fires and the Occupy movement.