12 Mar '11, 1am

California's governor declares state of emergency after tsunami waves hit US west coast

California's governor declares state of emergency after tsunami waves hit US west coast

A fishing boat lays on its side after a tsunami surge withdrew in Crescent City, California. -- PHOTO: AP LOS ANGELES- CALIFORNIA'S governor declared a state of emergency on Friday after tsunami waves hit the US West Coast, forcing evacuations, damaging boats and leaving one man missing, swept out to sea. Governor Jerry Brown's declaration for four coastal counties unblocks federal funds to help clean up after waves triggered by Japan's devastating quake hit the US mainland, notably in northern California and Oregon. 'The effects of the water surge continue to threaten the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz,' he said in a proclamation issued by his office. One of the worst hit towns was Crescent City, 560km north of San Francisco, where at least 35 boats were crushed and thrown on top of each other in a harbour. Some 7,000 people were evacuated befo...

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