"It’s really to avoid further restrictions.". Eddie Bernard, a former director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, expressed sympathy for his tsunami scientist colleagues in Indonesia. But the destructive tsunami that hit Indonesia on Friday highlights a critical flaw in the systems. Seven studies also found COVID rates "fell significantly" with universal masking. Then the communications were cut off, leaving the public with a false sense of security. Low-lying stretches of the coast are susceptible to damage from a tsunami, and there has been a push in recent years to improve safety protocols. "We're really trying to push the idea of staying away from the beach," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Eric Swanson. His name was not immediately released. "Nobody was injured and no homes were damaged, and that was all good news," she said. The information you enter will appear in your e-mail message and is not retained by Phys.org in any form. or. Doug Connor, owner of the Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. looks out over the water with his dog Marley near Pillar Point Harbor on Friday, March 11, 2011 in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Connor said he removed a computer and some electrical equipment from his business earlier as a precaution. and The Great Highway where The Great Highway was closed due to a tsunami warning on Friday, March 11, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif. Christal Gift sorts through her belongings in a cart at Pillar Point Harbor on Friday, March 11, 2011 in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Cristal Gift lives with her husband on their boat in Pillar Point Harbor and were informed by Harbor Patrol earlier in the morning of a tsunami warning for areas on the west coast was in effect on Friday morning and were told there was voluntary evacuation. Boats are jammed into each other at the Santa Cruz Harbor in Santa Cruz, Ca., on Friday March, 11, 2011, following the aftermath of the hugh Japan earthquake which triggered a tsunami that reached the West Coast of California today. 19, which passed with a 51.1% majority vote as of Monday, has two distinct parts. Synolakis and others, however, said that even having a working deep-sea sensor network of the kind used by the United States and other nations—known as DART—may not have helped. Crab fisherman Tom Coopman stood on the shore and morosely gazed at the watery spot where his boat, the Ruth M., was tied up until a piece of dock broke off and punched a hole in the bow. A Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol boat attempts to tow a partially sunken boat in the Santa Cruz Harbor on Friday, March 11, 2011 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. The Gifts live on their boat in Pillar Point Harbor and were informed by Harbor Patrol earlier in the morning of a tsunami warning for areas on the west coast was in effect on Friday morning and were told there was voluntary evacuation. They might help if you're lucky if you've got one in just the right place. The tsunami was the results of the 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan. Two of the men made it back to shore after unsuccessfully trying to rescue their 25-year-old friend. She said preliminary damage estimates were placed at $15 million to boats and dock facilities. The tsunami began hitting the coast around 8:24 am and was expected to be 2 to 5 feet high. The worst case is you take a fast walk for nothing; on the other hand, it could save your life.". Debris floats at the Santa Cruz Harbor in Santa Cruz, Ca., on Friday March, 11, 2011, following the aftermath of the hugh Japan earthquake which triggered a tsunami that reached the West Coast of California today. "The rest of it, though, is bad news.". There are other possible explanations for why the tsunami hit Palu so hard. In San Francisco, the Great Highway was closed for most of the day, reopening at 4:30 p.m., but no significant damage was reported along the shoreline. A key reason lies in Palu's geography. Water rushing into a bay that gets progressively shallower can allow it to push on to land. and The Great Highway on Friday March 11, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif. During a tsunami warning at Ocean Beach after an 8.9 earthquake hit Japan, Andy Busby and his dog LC wait on the sea wall at the corner of Sloat Blvd. The NOAA said waves reached at least 8.1 feet, the highest in Northern California, and inundated the city's harbor with forceful surges of seawater, smashing its six docks and sinking or otherwise destroying 35 boats. Waves break on the south side of the Moss Landing Harbor jetty as North Monterey County fie department personnel forced everybody to leave and closed the beaches on Friday, March 11, 2011 after the tsunami warning resulting from the 8.9 earthquake in Japan. Santa Cruz residents watch as portions of the Upper Docks of Santa Cruz Harbor are destroyed and boats capsize as surging waves from the tsunami slam into the coast on Friday, March 11, 2011 in Santa Cruz, Calif. Debris floats on top of the water at the Santa Cruz Harbor in Santa Cruz, Ca., on Friday March, 11, 2011, following the aftermath of the hugh Japan earthquake which triggered a tsunami that reached the West Coast of California today.