US boaters count cost of Japanese tsunami

Despite the earthquake happening across the Pacific, coastal communities in the US weren't spared

As Japan reels from the after-effects of the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, coastal communities across the Pacific have also been left counting the cost of the natural disaster.

The surge that swept across the ocean caused by the 8.9 magnitude quake caused considerable damage in marinas and boatyards from Hawaii to California.

State officials in Hawaii said 20 boat harbours were affected by the tsunami, with as many as 200 boats damaged. The cost of the damage in the state is thought to run into the tens of millions.

Even in California, around 5000 miles from the epicentre of the earthquake, marinas and harbours weren’t spared. The greatest damage was caused in Crescent City harbour, where 15 boats are believed to have sunk.

But perhaps the most dramatic footage, below, comes from Santa Cruz in central California, where the tsunami waves swept into a harbour sinking 17 boats and damaging many more.

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