Shaken and a Little Wet Essay
As Americans woke up that morning hearing of the news, some were in fear. Due to the high magnitude of the earthquake, a possibly dangerous wave was headed towards Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. Tsunami warnings were in effect from central California to Alaska (Jesse). While some areas were told to evacuate, others were given warnings to say out of and away from the water. In the end, the West Coast of the United States faced no where near the amount of devastation as Japan did. The California Emergency Management Agency estimated there was about $44 million in damage to the California coast caused by the surge from the earthquake in Japan; Most of the damage was to Santa Cruz and Crescent City, where one man died after being swept out of sea and the harbor was destroyed, paralyzing their fishing industry (Sewel). The majority of the damage done was to harbors and boats, not causing much damage inland.
While there were negative effects from the swell which reached the United States, there were also some positives. As California is also susceptible to earthquakes, there is reason for officials to be concerned about a similar situation happening to the United States. The recent waves in which hit the California coast provided the opportunity