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The warnings the second major one for the region in a year and the response showed how far the earthquake prone Pacific Rim had come since a deadly tsunami caught much of Asia by surprise in 2004.
in Oregon and hundreds in Washington state fled to higher ground at the approach of the waves, waiting until the all clear before returning.
"People aren't too nervous," Bergman said.
man playing with his dog. Two small children chased seagulls.
Sirens pierced the air in Seaside, a popular tourist town near the Washington state line. Restaurants, gift shops and other beachfront businesses stayed shuttered.
Brookings harbor saw the worst reported damage in the state with half the facility destroyed and 10 boats sunk, Curry County Sheriff John Bishop said.
Across the islands, people stocked up on bottled water, canned foods and toilet paper. Fishermen took their boats out to sea, away from harbors and marinas where the waves would be most intense.
"With everything that could have happened and did happen in Japan, we're just thankful that nothing else happened," said Sabrina Skiles, who along with her husband spent a sleepless night at his office in Maui. Their beachfront house was unscathed.
Wood was expecting the waves to get bigger and more intense than what he saw. Still, he shook his head as the cars lining the hills began to drive west, into the lowlands adjacent to the shore.
As the tsunami raced across the Pacific at 500 mph, the first sirens began sounding across Hawaii late Thursday night.
Within 10 minutes after Japan was shaken by its biggest earthquake in recorded history, the center had issued its warning. The offshore quake pushed water onto land, sometimes miles inland, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people. Hundreds are dead.
Albert Wood said he and his wife decided to leave their home late Thursday night after watching news about the Japan quake the fifth largest earthquake since 1900.
Boats crashed into each other, some vessels were pulled out to sea and docks were ripped out. Rescue crews searched hours for a man who was swept out to sea while taking pictures.
"Just if you ask me, they're being too bold," Wood said. "It's still early. They're just not being cautious."
As the sun rose, people breathed a sigh of relief.
"That was a different era," said Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. "We Vans Tan Leather got the warning out very quickly. It would not have been possible to do it that fast in 2004."
Sirens blared in Hawaii. The West Coast pulled back from the shoreline, fearing the worst. People were warned to stay away from the beaches. Fishermen took their boats out to sea and safety.
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Police went through the tourist mecca of Waikiki, warning of an approaching tsunami. Hotels moved tourists from lower floors to upper levels. Some tourists ended up spending the night in their cars.
Early Friday, the tsunami waves reached Hawaii, tossing boats in Honolulu. The water covered beachfront roads and rushed into hotels on the Big Island. The waves carried a house out to sea. Seven foot waves flooded low lying areas in Maui.
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Erik Bergman was back at the shore by 9:30 in the morning. Roughly 100 feet away was a Vans Black Bone On Feet
Many other Pacific islands also evacuated their shorelines for a time. Navy submarines from their moorings, but tug boats brought them back to their pier. mainland were barely noticeable.
border, four people went to a beach to watch the waves and were swept into the sea.
Residents did the same last February, when an 8.8 magnitude quake in Chile prompted tsunami warnings. The waves did little damage then.
CRESCENT CITY, Calif. The warnings traveled quickly across the Pacific in the middle of the night: An 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan spawned a deadly tsunami, and it was racing east Friday as fast as a jetliner.
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