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Man Swept Out To Sea By Waves In California

There are deadly waves hitting the coast of the United States as a result of the earthquake in Japan.

Earthquake In Japan Prompts Tsunami Warning For California Coast
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The deadly tsunami that ravaged Japan is taking a toll along the West Coast as authorities looked for at least one person missing at sea.

The Coast Guard is searching for a man who was swept out to sea while taking photos of waves with two friends near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, Calif. His friends made it back to shore, and helicopters are searching for the missing man.

Sheriff’s officials in southern Oregon say one death was reported aboard a commercial vessel in the harbor at Brookings, Ore., but it appears to be from natural causes. Four people were swept off a beach north of Brookings, but were rescued.

The Curry County sheriff’s department says two were able to get out of the water on their own, and two were rescued by law enforcement and fire officials.

Tsunami waves swamped Hawaii beaches and brushed the U.S. western coast but didn’t immediately cause major damage after devastating Japan and sparking evacuations throughout the Pacific.

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