One of the stories I see on CNN this morning is all the damage to boats in and around the Crescent City, CA and Santa Cruz, CA areas of Northern California due to the surge effects following the quake and tsunami in Japan yesterday.
What I don’t understand is, why is this happening? I understand that the people in Japan didn’t have time to prepare for what hit them, but in California, there was several HOURS warning. Wouldn’t a viable solution for all these boat owners have been to move their boats out to sea for a few hours so they didn’t get washed up on shore and/or smash into one another? Sure, some of them are owned by people who are out of town, are a considerable distance away from the dock, etc., but I would think the average person who owns a boat would live close to it to get maximum use out of it. Even the out of towners should have someone they can call to look after their investment in the event of an emergency like this. So when you get the call a surge is coming into your harbor in the next five hours, how is your response anything other than “Call work and tell them I’m going fishing today so my boat doesn’t end up smashed on the rocks.”