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Mar 11, 2014 7:44 AM by Katie Ferber, KSBY News

Tuesday marks three years since devastating earthquake in Japan

Tuesday marks three years since the massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan.

In Fukushima, the nuclear threat remains serious. More than 130,000 people cannot live in their homes.

More than 15,000 people were killed March 11, 2011, and more than 2,600 others are still missing.

On this third anniversary many people gathered to pray. Others practiced what do in the event of another emergency during drills.

Here on the Central Coast, many coastal communities were evacuated that morning.

People in parts of Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Oceano, Cambria, Cayucos, Avila Beach and Port San Luis were asked to head to higher ground.

Officials went door-to-door, closed roads, and a reverse 911 call went out.

In Avila Beach the water dramatically receded about half the length of the pier. About ten minutes later, the waves surged about the length of a football field.

In Morro Bay as the tidal surge came in, the force was strong enough to knock out a dock pylon along Tideland's Park. A section of dock where a boat was tied up collapsed.

Fishermen in Morro Bay said they estimated the tidal surge was 8-9 feet. The Embarcadero was evacuated.

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