Raw: Tsunami destroys Crescent City docks

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Raw: Tsunami destroys Crescent City docks

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by Associated Press/KOBI-TV

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Posted on March 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 11 at 4:11 PM

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. -- Officials say the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan has caused severe damage to the harbor in Crescent City, near the Oregon border.

Del Norte County sheriff's spokesman Bill Stevens says most boats were pulled out of the harbor in preparation for Friday's tsunami, but 35 vessels that remained are crashing into one another and sinking.

The wooden docks also are breaking apart under the force of the waves.

Crescent City Councilwoman Kelly Schellong says the docks and harbor "are pretty much completely destroyed."

Stevens says the damage cost is estimated to be into the millions, and surges still are expected through the afternoon.

However, the waves have not gone over the 20-foot break wall at the harbor, and no serious injuries or home damage have been reported.

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