Crescent City, Calif. Tsunami Damage Report

Friday, March 18, 2011
Photo courtesy USCG
In a fact sheet released by the U.S. Coast Guard, it was reported that the tsunami from the earthquake in Japan resulted in the sinking of 16 vessels in the Port of Crescent City, Calif.  In addition, 47 vessels incurred some damage and there was significant damage to moorings and docks.  
Crescent City tsunami fact sheet #3
Location:   Crescent City Inner Basin Harbor, Crescent City, CA
Cause:   Tsunami following 8.9 earthquake in Japan
•       47 vessels afloat but with some level of damage
•       16 sunken vessels
•       1 vessel grounded at mouth of Elk River
•       Large debris including rocks, logs, and vessel debris scattered about inner harbor and shore
•       Navigable waters status unknown; boaters should use extreme caution transiting the area
•       Significant damage to moorings and docks
Closures or restrictions:
•       Harbor access restricted for public safety
•       Harbor closed to all personnel at night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.
•       To prevent crabs and other seafoods from being contaminated and unmarketable, commercial fisherman are advised of the following protocol:
o       Commercial vessels are advised to not run circulation pumps as they approach Crescent City Boat Harbor or within Crescent City Boat Harbor
o       Do not pull crab pots or other traps up through water if a visible sheen is present
•       Safety zone in place for Crescent Harbor; no movement without consent of USCG
•       Dock access limited due to safety concerns; personnel floatationdevice strongly advised
•       No access to boom area without authorization by USCG
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