California Building $54mil Tsunami Resistant Port
Last year the Cresecent City, CA fishing post was destroyed following a tsunami caused by a 9.0 Japanese earthquake.
A year after 11 sank boats, with 47 others destroyed and two-thirds of the ports destroyed, the city said enough is enough.
The west coast’s first harbor has decided to spend $54 million to build a harbor resistant to the type of tsunami expected to hit every 50 years, like the one in March 2011 that devestated the Crescent City, CA port.
Crescent City was not the only port ravaged by tsunami damage last year. Santa Cruz, CA and Brookings OR also faced similiar damage.
“Normally, Crescent City takes the hit for all of us,” said Brookings harbormaster Ted Fitzgerald.
Since a tidal gauge was installed in 1934 the small port has been hit by 34 tsunamis both large and small and typically suffers the worst damage on the west coast according to Lori Dengler, professor of geology at Humboldt State University.
The March 2011 tsunami was a wake up call to many west coast communities causing many to update their evacuation plans however officials say that the threat is still not taken serious enough.
“Many ports on the West Coast are in denial as to their tsunami hazard,” said Costas Synolakis, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Tsunami Research Center at the University of Southern California.
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