Despite the 5,000 mile distance between the California coastline and Japan, our coastal community was affected by the March 2011 tsunami (and subsequent disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power facility.)
Between debris that washed up on the U.S. Western coastlines — and our worries of radiation contaminated items reaching our shores — to the bathtub effect that caused millions of dollars of damage to boats and property at the Santa Cruz harbor, the disaster originating thousands of miles away directly impacted us. It was another reminder of how small our world really is, and our interconnectedness …
My post 2 years ago (Is Monterey County ready for a Tsunami) listed Monterey County – along with the California counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Orange as TsunamiReady™ — under a program administered by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS).
The California counties designated as TsunamiReady™ met NWS criteria, including developing a safety plan, setting up alert systems and promoting tsunami safety through public outreach.
The addition of the counties of Marin, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and San Diego means there are now 8 counties listed as TsunamiReady™ in California.
The state of California is divided into 58 counties. The California coast covers 840 miles (1,350 km), and 15 of California’s 58 counties directly face the Pacific Ocean. These counties are:
- Del Norte County
- Humboldt County
- Los Angeles County
- Marin County
- Mendocino County
- Monterey County
- Orange County
- San Diego County
- San Francisco County
- San Luis Obispo County
- San Mateo County
- Santa Barbara County
- Santa Cruz County
- Sonoma County
- Ventura County
Counties in bold are listed as TsunamiReady™. We will follow-up again next year to see if all of California’s coastal counties receive the TsunamiReady™ designation.
Do you live in one of California’s coastal communities? With this month marking the 3rd anniversary of the Japanese tsunami disaster, do you know — or care — if your community has a TsunamiReady™ designation?
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