Governor declares emergency in 4 Calif. counties - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Governor declares emergency in 4 Calif. counties

Posted: Updated:
The shore and pier at Seal Beach, Calif. are closed to the public as officials wait for a tsunami warning to pass on Friday, March 11, 2011, after a major earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. The shore and pier at Seal Beach, Calif. are closed to the public as officials wait for a tsunami warning to pass on Friday, March 11, 2011, after a major earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - While it was certainly nothing like what they saw in Japan, the tsunami did cause some damage here in California, prompting Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in four California counties.

A strong surge broke apart a bait barge in Mission Bay Friday night, and boats in a marina in Santa Cruz took a beating.

There was also a close call for a local family enjoying the tide pools in Ocean Beach after a tsunami wave nearly washed them away.

Fortunately, San Diego lifeguards quickly came to their rescue.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon just south of the OB pier.

Lifeguard Michael Neal says he saw two women and two children, including an infant, standing on the rocks near the tide pools when a tsunami surge rolled in.

He wasted no time, running out to save them from the rising water.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Lifeguards ended up performing two more tsunami surge-related rescues in OB Friday.

In this News 8 video story, Rekha Muddaraj reports from Mission Bay with the repairs that are now underway.

--

THIS IS AN UPDATE, previous AP story below.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in four California counties struck by tsunami waves generated by the massive earthquake that hit Japan.

Brown on Friday declared Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties as emergency zones.

The Democratic governor's declaration says the water surge is causing conditions of "extreme peril" to infrastructure and safety, and continues to threaten people and property in those counties.

The counties requested the declaration after strong waves struck the coast Friday morning. Docks were destroyed, boats were damaged and a man was swept out to sea while taking pictures of the waves in far Northern California.

Brown also offered his condolences to the people of Japan and said California is ready to offer emergency help.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.