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The March 11, 2011 Tsunami

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The March 11, 2011 Tsunami

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  • At least 5 significant water level drawdowns occurred over several hours, with the first beginning about 8:15am, and lasting for at least 10 minutes.
  • Water level changed about 1.5 meters.
  • Incoming waves did not exceed the pre-tsunami high-water mark.
  • Pre-tsunami wave-heights were about 1m.
  • Many surfers and paddle boarders were in the water.
  • Hundreds of onlookers lined the coastal bluffs.
  • Photos were taken on the bluffs in front of the Darling House Bed and Breakfast, between Santa Cruz Ave and Gharkey Street
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Water level drawdown at Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 08:38 PST March 11, 2011; view is to the south. Surfers can be seen in the water, and many spectators are standing along the cliff. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 08:38 PST; view looking east. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 08:39 PST; view looking north. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 08:39 PST; view looking south. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 08:39 PST; view looking south. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 08:41 PST; view looking northeast with Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in distance. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 09:11 PST; view looking south. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 09:12 PST; view looking south. Many surfers can be seen in the water. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 09:12 PST; view looking northeast with Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in distance. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz: 09:12 PST; view looking south. [Larger version]
Cowell Beach drawdown on March 11 2011.
Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz: 10:49 PST; view looking west. [Larger version]
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