Santa Cruz California

March 11, 2011 by USA Post 

Santa Cruz California, Coastal Northern California and Monterey County is under a tsunami warning after an earthquake off northern Japan. The National Weather Service predicted the waves could hit Monterey County in 7:44 at low tide. The unusual wave will continue for the next 10 hours.
Although there were no evacuations in Monterey County and all schools are open, beaches are closed.

At Moss Landing, the tsunami waves were the first to fast, but not great.

“Since its entry into low tide, it is not a problem,” said Doug McCoun, division chief for the North Monterey County Fire District.

But his team, which covers the beaches of the Pajaro River Marina, will continue to keep people away from the water.

“Ankle deep water can lift people out of the sea in this type of situation,” said McCoun.

The district has a hide, armed with binoculars on an observation deck at the Moss Landing power plant.

Hawaii McCoun noted, were sentenced larger after the first waves hit shore waters.

“The first is rarely the biggest wave,” said McCoun.

McCoun team has been advised of the possibility of a tsunami, shortly after the earthquake struck northern Japan 8.9. Hundreds are considered dead by the tsunami.

The waves are forecast to hit .9 feet at the southern tip, .3 feet in Santa Cruz and .3 feet in Rio Del Mar.

While the California Highway Patrol reported heavy traffic in the County of Santa Cruz, traffic on Highway 152 near Watsonville is saved as heads of family early this morning.

At 9:30, he began to ease at 9:30 after at least two hours of traffic jams caused by people leaving the city in panic and apparent care in the tsunami warning issued earlier in the morning.

The eastbound traffic on East Lake Drive is a bumper downtown Watsonville across the city goes to the Mount Madonna and higher ground. The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is open as an evacuation center.

Many of those caught in the traffic bottleneck on East Lake were minivans and SUVs, carrying adults and children. Although local schools remain open, a woman dropped off her child at Lakeview Middle School East Lake Avenue said that the school was practically empty.

On the west side of town, CHP closed Beach Road that leads to Pajaro Dunes Beach State. Two CHP officers were at the beach, turning away anyone trying to get to the beach during the bulletin.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said residents who are near the beach or in low-lying areas should remain on higher ground during the consultation.

Dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue for several hours after the arrival of the first wave.

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