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Stories for March 11, 2011

San Diegans Reach Out to Familes in Japan

March 11
By Erik Anderson, Kyla Calvert, Mark Sauer, Ana Tintocalis
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Watching images of Japan’s devastation has been especially difficult for those with friends and family in the country.

Rick Steves' Europe With Abandon

March 11
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From savoring seafood fresh from the fjord, to the riveting beat of flamenco in Andalucía, to celebrating a new era of hope in war-scarred Bosnia — this special shows how Europeans embracing life with abandon can inspire us to get the most out of our lives as well.

Local Medical Response Team Could Be Deployed To Japan

March 11
By Kenny Goldberg
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Federal and state officials have asked a San Diego-based medical response team to prepare for possible deployment to Japan. The 30-person team has a lot of recent experience in the field.

USS Reagan Headed To Help Tsunami Victims In Japan

March 11
By Alison St John
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A San Diego-based aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, is headed toward Japan today to stand ready to assist victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

San Diego Ready If Large Tsunami Hits

March 11
By Katie Orr
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The tsunami surge anticipated for San Diego today didn’t amount to much more than slightly bigger waves. But the region has a plan in case a big wave hits.

Cruise Ship Delays Arrival In San Diego Due To Tsunami

March 11
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A cruise ship delayed its arrival today in San Diego for a couple of hours in light of the tsunami generated by the earthquake in Japan. The delay was strictly precautionary.

Nineteen Unlicensed Contractors Cited In San Diego

March 11
City News Service
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Nineteen construction and home improvement workers were cited in the San Diego area this week as part of a statewide crackdown on unlicensed contractors.

1 Missing, 4 Rescued As Tsunami Hits West Coast

March 11
Associated Press
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The Coast Guard is searching for a man swept out to sea in Northern California while taking pictures of tsunami waves.

Crescent City Docks Severely Damaged By Tsunami

March 11
JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press
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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.

Unlikely That Japan Quake Will Trigger San Andreas Rupture

March 11
City News Service
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It is unlikely that California's feared San Andreas fault could generate an earthquake of the magnitude that struck Japan and triggered a tsunami, a seismologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said today.

Review: "Beastly" and "Red Riding Hood"

March 11
By Beth Accomando
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Fairy tales have long been a source of inspiration for film. "Beastly" (opened March 4 throughout San Diego) and "Red Hiding Hood" (opening March 11 throughout San Diego) are two of the latest.

San Diegans Drawn To Ocean Beach To Watch For Tsunami

March 11
By Angela Carone
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More than 100 spectators gathered at Ocean Beach Pier to watch for signs of the tsunami surge, that was expected around 8:40 a.m. Friday. There was a significant media presence, handful of law enforcement and lifeguards on alert.

How To Find Family In Japan

March 11
By Peggy Pico
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American Red Cross allows you to search and post messages to people in Japan.

Daily Roundup: Japan Earthquake, Hawaii Tsunami, Military Aid to Japan

March 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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All servicemembers and their families in Japan are alive and uninjured after the massive earthquake there.

San Diegans Get Active To Cope With High Gas Prices

March 11
By Kyla Calvert
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Skyrocketing gas prices are wreaking havoc on pocket books. We asked some of our listeners about what they’re doing to cope with the soaring prices.

San Diegans Advised To Stay Off Beaches

March 11
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San Diegans are being advised to stay off the beaches and out of the water today in the wake of an 8.9 earthquake in Japan that spawned a tsunami.

Tsunami Waves Hit Ore. Coast After Sweeping Hawaii

March 11
Associated Press
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Tsunami waves spawned by a massive earthquake in Japan have hit Hawaii. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says Kauai was the first island hit early Friday by the tsunami, which was quickly sweeping through the Hawaiian Island chain. Officials predicted Hawaii would experience waves up to 6 feet.

Immediate SoCal Coast Under Tsunami Watch

March 11
City News Service
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The National Weather Service today issued a tsunami watch for the immediate coast of Southern and Central California because of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan.

Review: 'Battle: Los Angeles'

March 11
By Beth Accomando
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Aliens have been pretty busy invading LA. Last year the city was besieged in "Skyline." Now it's once again the site of alien invasion in "Battle: Los Angeles (opening March 11 throughout San Diego.