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After tsunami, California harbor back in business

The waters were calm and few boats motored through the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor Wednesday, the first full day the entire harbor was open after a tsunami struck the area nearly two weeks ago.

The safety zone imposed by the Coast Guard and harbor officials lifted late Tuesday, allowing boats to access both the north and south sections of the harbor.

The launch ramp was back in service starting Thursday.

A total of nine boats sank during the tsunami and five were in the process of sinking before being pulled out, officials said.

Of those 14 boats, 10 were destroyed, according to the Coast Guard and more than $26 million in damages were caused to the 800-slip harbor when a tsunami triggered by the large earthquake in Japan broadsided the California coast on March 11.

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