Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami Warning

Tonight a 8+ magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Honshu, Japan. An aftershock of 6.4 hit shortly after, and then the tsunami waves began. Hit for more details. Overhead video from helicopters showed the flooding as it happened.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center here in Hawaii issued a tsunami watch for all Pacific Ocean islands they monitor, as well as the entire state of Hawaii. The watch was upgraded to a warning and state and county civil defense have begun evacuation procedures.

A little over a year ago, this happened to us when the Chile earthquake threatened Hawaii with a tsunami. We are closer to Japan than Chile, plus the earthquake is stronger this time. Current predications are saying 2+ meter wave height in Hawaii for all coastal areas. First wave is due around 2:56 AM Hawaii time.

Right now we are watching the news, staying up to date with civil defense notices, and communicating with mainland friends and family to let them know we are fine. We do live in the inundation zone, but we are not to evacuate unless we are below the 3rd floor. Things may change and we may have to evacuate, but for now we stay put.

Waikiki itself is very crazy tonight. Lots of people getting out and police are everywhere on loud speakers. Stores closed early so as to prevent long lines and panic buying and to keep people at home or in hotels.

I am posting to Twitter as long as I have cell service. Click here for my Twitter feed.

For now enjoy a cell phone video I took during the second siren and managed to get on YouTube.

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