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Mar132011

California Harbors Assess Tsunami Damage

Kim White/Getty Images(CRESCENT CITY, Calif.) -- Two California harbors are summing up the damage caused by the tsunami that battered the West Coast on Friday.

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Game toured Santa Cruz and Crescent City this weekend.

Dozens of small boats had been overturned by the turbulent surge. Reports indicate that fuel has leaked from damaged vessels.

The tsunami struck several hours after Japan’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake. Officials evacuated hundreds of people from their homes. Three men were swept away near the Klamath River, prompting an extensive rescue mission.

The Coast Guard estimates that $17 million in damage was caused to Santa Cruz. A comparable amount of damage was done to Crescent City.

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