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    Default Pacific Coast Highway

    As sad as the situation is in Japan (they are in my prayers) and the damage on the West Coast, has anyone heard how much damage has been done to the Pacific Coast Highway by the disaster?

    Thanks in advance
    Scotishbob
    Last edited by AZBuck; 03-11-2011 at 06:23 PM.

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    Default Been Monitoring the Newsfeeds

    Several million dollars of damage to docks and boats along the California and Oregon coasts. At least one person has died -- after being swept out to sea. No reports yet of damage to the roads or bridges, but damage assessment teams have not uploaded all of the data yet.

    I've seen some incredible photos from places I know well.

    Mark

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    Default Tsunami Effects on West Coast

    Although there has been one death reported in southern Oregon from the tsunami associated with the recent earthquake in Japan, the height of the wave on the U.S. coast has been less than 8 feet, decreasing in magnitude as you proceed south. By San Francisco it was little more than a curiosity although, as Mark notes, docked boats were damaged and beaches were closed out of safety concerns. I am not aware of any damage being reported to roadways.

    AZBuck

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    Current Caltrans status:

    SR 1
    [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
    NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

    [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA]
    IS CLOSED FROM CORONADO RD /IN HALF MOON BAY/ TO 0.8 MI NORTH OF
    HALF MOON BAY /AT CAPISTRANO RD/ (SAN MATEO CO) - DUE TO TSUNAMI WARNINGS
    - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

    1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC 5 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 84
    /AT THE PEBBLE BEACH ENTRANCE/ (SAN MATEO CO) 24 HRS A DAY THRU 0001 HRS
    ON 6/30/11 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

    1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC 10 MI SOUTH OF CARMEL HIGHLANDS (MONTEREY CO) FROM
    0700 HRS TO 1600 HRS 7 DAYS A WEEK THRU 3/18/11 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

    IS SUBJECT TO LANE REDUCTIONS IN EACH DIRECTION 0.5 MI SOUTH OF LUCIA
    (MONTEREY CO) FROM 0700 HRS TO 1700 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 9/2/11 -
    DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

    [IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
    NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

    US 101
    [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
    NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

    [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA]
    NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

    [IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
    IS CLOSED 2 MI NORTH OF THE EAST JCT OF SR 20 (MENDOCINO CO) FROM 0700 HRS
    TO 0900 HRS ON 3/13/11 - DUE TO PERMIT WORK - A DETOUR IS AVAILABLE

    IS CLOSED FROM 0.5 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 169 /AT THE KLAMATH RIVER/
    TO 1.2 MI NORTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT WASHINGTON RD/ (DEL NORTE CO) -
    DUE TO TSUNAMI WARNINGS - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

    No incidents reported in Oregon except as noted just north of Crescent City.

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    Default A bit more than a curiosity in Santa Cruz

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    By San Francisco it was little more than a curiosity although, as Mark notes, docked boats were damaged and beaches were closed out of safety concerns. I am not aware of any damage being reported to roadways.
    Pretty impressive wave rolled through the marina this morning....
    The surge height at the harbor in Crescent City was reported at 8 feet
    But the coolest shot is this one -- as the inches-high surge moved across the San Francisco harbor into Oakland this morning...

    Mark

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    Default A Matter of Perspective, I Suppose

    Mark, maybe it's the Geologist in me, but I would call the event shown in the video little more than a curiosity, and I think the people of northern Japan would agree with me.

    AZBuck

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    Default It is a degree of perspective

    No question that the scale of the event in Santa Cruz pales with respect to the trauma being experienced in Japan -- but the degree of the surge in places like Santa Cruz harbor is a bit beyond what anyone along the coast has seen in years.

    Look at this time-lapse video One of the more interesting aspects to me is how much of the local surf line was pulled out to sea in advance of the surge waves.

    Mark

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    No restrictions on CA-1 or US-101 now.

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