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Sailboats in the Santa Cruz Harbor crash against each other Friday in Santa Cruz, Calif. A tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan rushed onto California’s coast Friday, causing powerful surges that destroyed boat docks as beach-area residents throughout the state evacuated to higher ground.

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Calif., Ore. sustained most US damage from tsunami

The tsunami warnings moved faster than the waves, giving millions of people across the Pacific hours to flee to higher ground. Now they are left to clean up what the waves had wrought: Destroyed docks and damaged boats.

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