Tsunami warning – open thread

This is the real deal guys.  I would like to joke about this being a fake tsunami, a ruse, or an elaborate plot of computer hackers and thieves, but I won’t.  A huge 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan a few hours ago, and a subsequent 13 foot tsunami swept miles inland.  I’m sure dozens, if not hundreds have already perished.

I just got back from the supermarket to pick up some supplies, and now we’re glued to the TV.  Any and all comments are welcome on this page pertaining to the disaster.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issues guidelines – critical things to know

Tsunami Warning issued for Hawaii, Guam, Taiwan – news update, Hawaii News Now/KGMB

CNN links to video reports and live footage – video footage

Hawaii State Civil Defense – good info and has a database for addresses in inundation zones

KSSK radio – 92.3  FM is the official disaster radio station.  Tune in for up to date info.  Make sure you have a battery powered radio.

Humane Society List of Pet Shelters

Hawaii Tsunami Info Site – John Garcia’s site, with streaming feed.

Quick tips:

Fill your bath  tub with water.  Don’t worry, it’s not for drinking, it’s for personal hygiene.

If the stores are out of bottled water, fill whatever pots and pitchers you have with tap water.

Stay off the phones and roads unless it’s an emergency.

No need to tie up the gas station lines if you *don’t* live in an evacuation zone and don’t need a full tank.

Will add more as it comes to me.

Update 11:14 : Civil defense sirens are going off loud and clear.  Got back from my run to the supermarket.  Got a half tank of gas in the car, didn’t bother to top it off since we live outside of the flood zone.

Update: 11:42 : ETA of the first wave has been moved back from 2:59 AM to 3:07 AM.  COME ON PEOPLE!  I had plans at 3:07 AM! I was expecting it at 2:59 when my schedule was clear!

Update 12:59 AM : 1.3 feet tsunami recorded at Wake Island.  Time for bed…

Update 8:24 AM : Woke up quickly at about 3 to find out what was going on, not much was, so went back to sleep.  Just rolled out of bed 20 minutes ago and got the latest news updates.  The all clear has been given for Oahu, but we’re still on a tsunami advisory.  Everyone needs to stay off the beach, because the water is still surging.  A lot of damage at Keehi Harbor where boats dislodged from the dock.  Some roads are slowly opening.  All schools are closed.  The Big Island took the worse hit apparently…Hawaii News Now has awesome footage of the surge going in and out along Alii Drive in Kona (http://wp.me/ph7YX-9hp).  The photos from the news shows a lot of damage to that shoreline road.

And of course, I have to report that Peter Lenkov tweeted that cast and crew were safe on high ground 🙂

Update 8:41 : Heavy flooding in coastal homes on the Big Island.  Still no injuries reported.



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28 Responses to Tsunami warning – open thread

  1. norriski says:

    Stay safe Officer Bob! Keep us updated if you can.

  2. Janine says:

    stay safe, the news is scary 😦 I have a cousin in Tokyo who’s safe but terrified

  3. Stevo says:

    hope everything OK there.

    Stay safe.

  4. spotted reptile says:

    Prayers and best wishes to everyone in the danger zone, thinking of you all night here in Oz.

  5. shirik says:

    this is so horroble- my heart is with all of you people- i hope god will have mercy on everyone- this is so scarry i’m really frightened

  6. carol10010 says:

    Take care and be safe. We may have hurricanes on the east coast, but at least we can flee inland. Try to keep us updated on your family.

  7. Merry Blue says:

    Stay safe everybody. Sending positive thoughts. Thanks for making it real for all of us, Bob.

  8. Rhonda says:

    Be Safe Hawai’i . . . Prayers are being lifted!

  9. rescuewriter (Vanessa) says:

    Just saw the news at 5:00 a.m. EST when I got up to get ready for work. My prayers go out to the people of Japan and to those in Hawaii. May you all stay safe and well.

  10. Diana says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the people of japan who suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami overnight. Also, hope everyone in Hawaii stays safe in light of the incoming tsunami there.

  11. Cyndi says:

    My thoughts are with all impacted by this devastation. Hope all in tsunami warning areas remain safe …

  12. Kimmer says:

    I just heard about this on my way to work – my thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families in Hawaii and Japan.

  13. Val says:

    Hang in there Bob – thanks for sharing what news you can – we are all very freaked out as well and praying really hard for everyone. Aloha and hugs to all.

  14. sockie says:

    It’s amazing what can happen overnight. prayers with you and everyone in hawaii, bob. stay safe.

  15. Melissa says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please stay safe.

  16. textbook says:

    I am so glad you’re safe, and bless you for letting us know so soon. The reports on Japan are devastating, and as soon they mentioned the tsunami, I thought about you and the people we’ve been getting to know. Adding my prayers to all the others. Looking forward to you checking in again. I hope you and your family got some sleep.

  17. MyMcG says:

    Hi Bob, thanks for checking in with us on this – after the initial gut-wrench over the Japanese devastation when I heard about the earthquake, my immediate next thought went out to yall in Hawaii. When the news mentioned the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, I was thinking, ooh ooh, the one at Ewa Beach? It’s nice to see you can keep your sense of humor through all of this. All kidding aside, my thoughts and prayers are with you guys and everyone else in Japan and the Pacific. Hang tight, be smart and stay safe, please!!

  18. hawaiiobsessed says:

    stay safe!

  19. Robin says:

    Be safe. My prayers are with those who have been harmed by the earthquake and tsunami.

  20. Diana says:

    From Entertainment Weekly: ‘Hawaii Five-0’ cast and crew safe and shooting today by Mandi Bierly
    – It was less than two months ago that we watched tsunami warnings sound on an episode of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. In the wake of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan, the cast and crew have heard them again. Fortunately, the tsunami waves that have hit the Hawaiian islands have been modest and reportedly caused no major damage. Star Daniel Dae Kim tweeted about the warning and earthquake, the largest ever recorded in Japan, early this morning, calling them a “Reality check.” He added, “Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. My family and I have moved to high ground. Now we wait…” Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov, in LA, followed up on Twitter three hours later. “Cast & Crew safe. All at high ground. So far it’s wait and see. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.” (UPDATE: A rep for CBS Television Studios tells EW, “Hawaii had no land damage we are told, and therefore production is shooting today.”

  21. Lisa says:

    glad to hear all are ok. We have had some wacky weather. Had rain turn to snow last night, earthquakes, and walls of water everywhere. Stay safe and keep us informed.

  22. Diana says:

    Don’t forget flooding along the Ohio River Valley in addition to the rain turning to snow in the Cincinnati area. Made travel great fun this morning due to the roads that weren’t close due to flooding being closed due to black ice. Of course this nothing compared to what the people of Japan are experiencing. 😦

  23. officer808 says:

    Thanks all for your thoughts, and thanks for the link Di. We in Hawaii are more worried for our friends in Japan. The photos and videos are trickling in and it’s heartbreaking…

  24. Diana says:

    Oh my, as if things weren’t bad enough in Japan, now CNN is reporting that they have a nuclear reactor that they can’t get to cool down and the pressure is rising. If they can’t get it under control it could lead to a release of radiation or even the nightmare scenario of a meltdown.

  25. jlopie (Lynnette) says:

    I am late as always, but my prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by today’s tragedy – especially to everyone in Japan. The pictures are so devastating and overwhelming. Thank you, Officer 808, for taking the time to update the rest of us – you have been in my thoughts all morning. Stay safe – we worry, you know!

  26. Ichi says:

    My aunt is currently in Tokyo right now, but we’re glad to know that she’s safe!

  27. Cecile says:

    Glad there was no major damage in Hawaii and the rest of Pacific Islands. My thoughts are for the people in Japan who lost someone.

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