People at the Santa Cruz harbor are aware of the Tsunami Advisory that went out yesterday. The advisory went as far as San Luis Obispo where a tsunami surge as high as three feet was expected.
Santa Cruz surf was expected to rise by almost half a foot, which doesn't seem like much, but boat owners know that just a small surge can cause some serious damage.
"It could slam you against the dock, or if it were really strong, break a line. Luckily we're not next to another boat, but it could slam you against another boat I guess," said Donna Demeyer, boat owner.
Back in March of 2011, a tsunami traveled from Japan's massive 8.9 earthquake and rocked the Santa Cruz harbor. A series of surges caused about $14 million in damage.
8 killed 1 million evacuate after 8.3 earthquake in Chile
Tsunami Advisory issued for SOCAL coast Move off the beach, out of harbors/marinas. Dangerous waves/currents possible pic.twitter.com/3vm8lf1vei— Drew Tuma (@DrewTumaABC7) September 17, 2015
Tsunami Threat message to Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Watch to Hawaii for mag 8.3 (revised) earthquake in central Chile. http://t.co/oPX1oTTbcu— NWS PTWC (@NWS_PTWC) September 16, 2015
Tsunami Info Stmt: M7.9 near the coast of central Chile 1554PDT Sep 16: Event is being reviewed to determine threat to CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) September 16, 2015
Tsunami Info Stmt 2: M8.3 near the coast of central Chile 1555PDT Sep 16: Event is being reviewed to determine threat to CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) September 16, 2015
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