Gov. Jerry Brown has requested a presidential major disaster declaration from Barack Obama relating to the tsunami caused by the earthquake near Japan.
The 9.0-magnitude quake off the coast of Japan last month generated a water surge that caused more than $48 million in damage to California ports, harbors, boats, businesses and infrastructure, according to Brown.
Morro Bay Harbor experienced a series of “extreme tidal surges,” and the unofficial estimate of damage there to a dock finger, pilings and other structures totals $455,000, according to Eric Endersby, harbor operations manager for the city of Morro Bay.
Brown’s request, in the form of a letter, seeks federal program assistance to supplement state and local repair and recovery efforts.
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The six California counties significantly impacted by the water surge are Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo and Santa Cruz, Brown said.