Monday, March 14, 2011

Crescent City Tsunami Fact Sheet # 3

DATE: March 14, 2011 TIME: 1530
Alexia Retallack, (916) 952-3317
Petty Officer Erik Swanson, (510) 289-5794


Location:   Crescent City Inner Basin Harbor, Crescent City, CA

Cause:   Tsunami following 8.9 earthquake in Japan

•       47 vessels afloat but with some level of damage
•       16 sunken vessels
•       1 vessel grounded at mouth of Elk River
•       Large debris including rocks, logs, and vessel debris scattered
about inner harbor and shore
•       Navigable waters status unknown; boaters should use extreme
caution transiting the area
•       Significant damage to moorings and docks

Closures or restrictions: 
•       Harbor access restricted for public safety
•       Harbor closed to all personnel at night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
until further notice.
•       To prevent crabs and other seafoods from being contaminated and
unmarketable, commercial fisherman are advised of the following
o       Commercial vessels are advised to not run circulation pumps as
they approach Crescent City Boat Harbor or within Crescent City Boat
o       Do not pull crab pots or other traps up through water if a
visible sheen is present
•       Safety zone in place for Crescent Harbor; no movement without
consent of USCG
•       Dock access limited due to safety concerns; personnel floatation
device strongly advised
•       No access to boom area without authorization by USCG

Harbor operations:  Crescent City Harbor asks affected boat owners to
contact the harbor at 707-464-6174 ext. 22 to provide the following
•       Boat name
•       Official number/vin
•       Fuel capacity
•       Actual fuel onboard
•       All contact information
Wildlife:  No observed wildlife impacts at this time. Assessment will

Crews deployed:   US Coast Guard, California Fish and Game, Harbor
District Personnel, Army Corps of Engineers, oil spill response

Information numbers:
•       Crescent City Harbor boat owners contact 707-464-6174 ext. 22
•       Report oil 1-800-852-7550
•       Report Injured Wildlife 1-877-823-6926
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