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Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan earthquake: Five people washed away on US coast

The Tsunami that devastated the east coast of Japan on Friday could have claimed its first life on US soil after raging the breadth of the Pacific to America's west coast.

The impact of the tidal wave when it reached the US was minute when compared with the gargantuan torrent of water that blew away entire cities and is feared to have claimed more than 1,000 lives in Japan.

But despite losing much of its power as it travelled across the Pacific the tsunami was still strong enough to wreck boats and harbours as it crashed against the American shoreline.

Five people were swept out to sea in Crescent City, northern California, one of whom was still missing on Friday evening.

Most of the boats in the harbour were removed as the waves approached, but the 35 that remained were buffeted against each other and some sank under the impact of the water, Del Norte County sheriff's spokesman Bill Stevens said.

The waves, which broke apart the city's wooden docks, were not tall enough to reach over the harbour's 20ft (6m) wall but are still thought to have caused millions of dollars worth of damage, Mr Stevens said, with further surges expected throughout the day.

Crescent City Councilwoman Kelly Schellong told the Associated Press the docks and harbour "are pretty much completely destroyed. " (Source)