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Tsunami sweeps man into sea in California

by Staff Writers
Los Angeles (AFP) March 11, 2011
The US Coast Guard launched a search Friday for a man swept out to sea while attempting to take photos of tsunami waves from the California shoreline, officials said.

The man went missing near the mouth of the Klamath River in northern California, not far from a town which so far is the worst hit by the tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake in Japan.

"A man was swept out to sea by a wave after he and two friends reportedly traveled to the shoreline to take photos of the incoming tsunami waves," the US Coast Guard said in a statement.

"Two of the men were able to get back to shore and one is still unaccounted for. The Coast Guard is currently searching for the man with MH-65C Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Humboldt Bay," it added.

The incident happened not far from Crescent City, where at least 35 boats were crushed and thrown on top of one another, in the worst tsunami damage so far reported along the US West Coast.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman added that there had also been damage to a marina in Santa Cruz, further south, after boats collided with each other due to the buffeting tsunami waves.




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Massive quake unleashes tsunami on Japan
Tokyo (AFP) March 11, 2011
A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Friday, unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. Many injuries were reported from Pacific coastal areas of the main Honshu island and the capital Tokyo, police said, while TV footage showed widespread flooding in the area. One person was confirmed d ... read more

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