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