Boat taken by tsunami hits Crescent City shore

Those were the words of Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba in a message posted on the Internet to “our friends overseas” after the March 11, 2011, tsunami swept away most of the once prosperous Japanese city.

Thousands of miles away in Crescent City, 35 boats were crushed and most of the harbor’s docks were swept away as a series of surges generated by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake flowed through the harbor, but spared the town with its own history of wave-driven devastation.

Two years later it appears Rikuzentakata and Crescent City are connected once again with the discovery of a small, barnacle-encrusted boat that washed up just south of the Del Norte County city earlier this week.

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