Five swept out to sea as tsunami reaches US
Published 12/03/2011 | 05:00
A TSUNAMI swept at least five people watching the waves out to sea yesterday and ripped docks from Californian harbours.
Four people were rescued from the water in Oregon, but one man who was taking photos in northern California was still missing last night.
The large waves shook loose boats that weren't moved in time and tore apart wooden docks in at least two California harbours.
"This is just devastating. I never thought I'd see this again," said Ted Scott, a retired mill worker who lived in Crescent City when a 1964 tsunami killed 17 people on the west coast, including 11 in his town.
He added: "I watched the docks bust apart. It buckled like a graham cracker."
Damage estimates in Crescent City were in the millions and more boats and docks were hit in Santa Cruz on California's central coast.