Monday, November 20, 2006
Tsunami Surprises California
After a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck near the Kuril Islands off the northern cost of Japan last Wednesday, a series of tsunami waves hit California's Crescent City Harbor. Although a tsunami warning was issued 17 minutes after the quake struck, it was later canceled almost 5 hours before the main surge struck the harbor, causing more than half a million dollars worth of damage to the docks there. This is a case where the technology apparently worked, but an error in human judgement may have been made.