If a monster earthquake struck off Alaska’s coast, tsunami waves would rush toward California, swamping the nation’s largest port complex and causing major economic damage.
Repair work has begun on eight sirens posted along the San Mateo County coast that are designed to alert residents in the event of a tsunami, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.
A routine test of tsunami warning sirens along the San Mateo County coast conducted last week showed only three of eight sirens working properly, according to officials.
Federal officials say a fishing boat that washed ashore in Northern California is the first debris to reach the state that’s been confirmed as having come from the Japanese tsunami.
Officials at the California Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday night that there were no Tsunami warnings or watches for the state or the rest of the Pacific Coast after a powerful earthquake in the Solomon Islands.
A proposed $60.4 billion federal disaster aid package includes money for marine debris removal. But it’s not clear how much might go toward clearing West Coast beaches of debris from the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.
A strong earthquake Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year’s massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves but no immediate reports of heavy damage.
Officials are spending $54 million to build the West Coast’s first harbor able to withstand the kind of tsunami expected to hit once every 50 years – the same kind that hit in 2011.
The National Weather Service canceled tsunami advisories for Oregon and northern California Sunday morning after a 7.7 quake struck off the western coast of Canada.
A 7.6-magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines Friday, killing at least one person in a house collapse, knocking out power in several towns and generating negligible tsunami surges.