Boathouses assess damage after tsunami hits Santa Cruz harbor – CBS San Francisco

SANTA CRUZ (KPIX) – Crews are working to restore power and assess damage at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, following Saturday’s tsunami that struck early in the morning hours after a volcano erupted Large underground eruption in the South Pacific.

Three pilots were damaged or destroyed, half a dozen power transformers were submerged in salt water, and the dredge was significantly damaged. According to Harbormaster Blake Anderson, it is still unclear when the repair will take place.

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The harbor received its first tsunami alert around 4:00 a.m. on January 15, and staff began preparing for the tsunami by shutting off power, decommissioning refueling stations, and evacuating residents living on the harbor. their ship.

Rising water began to flow into the harbor around sunrise, jostling the “Twin Lakes” dredger, tangling many mooring lines and damaging pipelines. Completion of the repair will largely depend on the availability of spare parts amid global supply chain constraints.

In 2011, a tsunami that originated in Japan, caused $20 million in damage to the same port.

“The repair bill for the most recent wave of tsunami repairs” won’t come close, but it will be substantial,” Anderson said. “We’ve replaced hundreds of piles in the docks, so I think having newer infrastructure, having better docks, that saved us too,” Anderson said.

Jason Steinberg, was among the evacuees who were awoken before dawn by an uproar from neighbors and the Port Patrol, and saw the parking lot flooded.

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“And it happened within five minutes. Steinberg said.

Tom McClaren’s boat was forced onto a slide right next to one of the destroyed boats. The surge pulled the pier and caused it to wobble in the air, and broke the metal stake in half. Remarkably, McClaren’s boat was not damaged.

“I’ve been in the ocean my whole life. You never know what will happen. Please respect Mother Nature, Mother Ocean,” said McClaren.

David Snider, Tsunami Warning Coordinator at NOAA, explains how the tsunami traveled from Tonga and still caused damage inside the harbor 5,400 miles away.

“And when those waves build against each other or maybe even break other waves, the water level changes in that immediate area. So maybe that’s what’s happening in that harbor, in that enclosed space. Act like a funnel and shape that wave into something bigger than it started out,” says Snider.

Michael Poland, a geophysicist at USGS, has some relatively good news about the volcano’s eruption.

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“We now have a good feeling about the amount of sulfur dioxide released as part of this eruption, based on satellite data. And it’s not quite what I originally thought. So it is not the kind of mass of matter and gas, that will have a noticeable impact on the climate,” says Poland. Boathouses assess damage after tsunami hits Santa Cruz harbor – CBS San Francisco

Dustin Huang

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