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Calif. gov. declares state of emergency; and other global developments


SACRAMENTO, Calif. » The tsunami warning for the California coast has been downgraded to an advisory after a day of tidal surges that resulted in one death and severe damage to harbors and marinas.

Areas under the advisory might see strong currents or waves that are dangerous to anyone in or very near the water, but widespread inundation is not expected.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency yesterday in Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

In Del Norte County a 25-year-old man has been confirmed dead after being swept into the Pacific Ocean yesterday morning near the mouth of the Klamath River.

The man and two friends were taking photographs of the incoming tsunami surge.

About 30 boats, as well as docks and moorings, in the Crescent City harbor were damaged, and the area was continuing to see surges.



» Scientists said yesterday’s 8.9-magnitude quake ranked as the fifth largest in the world since 1900.

» More than 125 aftershocks — including a 6.8-magnitude quake just before noon today — followed yesterday’s massive temblor.

» Basic commodities were at a premium. Hundreds lined up outside supermarkets, and gas stations were swamped with cars.

» A global investment banking group estimated overall losses in Japan of about $10 billion.

» President Barack Obama pledged U.S. assistance following what he called a potentially "catastrophic" disaster.

» Harbors and marinas in California and Oregon bore the brunt of the mainland U.S. damage from the tsunami generated by the Japan quake, estimated by authorities to be in the millions of dollars. Boats crashed into each other, some vessels were pulled out to sea and docks were ripped out.

» One man was confirmed dead off of Crescent City, Calif., after being swept out to sea while taking pictures.

» In Guam the waves broke two U.S. Navy submarines from their moorings, but tugboats corralled the subs and brought them back to their pier.

Source: Associated Press


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