Waves generated by the Japan earthquake are brushing the U.S. West Coast, bringing out surfers and spectators.
The owner of a motel on Oregon's southern coast says people are gathering on the bluffs above the beach to watch the waves. He says it looks "like a mall parking lot at a Christmas sale."
Low-lying areas have been evacuated and beaches closed.
But unlike the 23-foot-high wall of water that struck Japan, the waves hitting the Washington and Oregon coast so far have been similar to those on a typical stormy day.
Officials say they could get bigger, though, especially along the California coast, where waves up to 7 feet are possible.
In Santa Cruz, Calif., the waves have been rough enough to break loose a couple of boats and a dock -- and entice surfers. As one off-duty trooper put it: "The tides are right, the swell is good, the weather is good, the tsunami is there. We're going out."
Tsunami warnings were issued for the entire coast from Alaska and Canada to Mexico.