“Kai E’e” revisited
In a rare instance, life imitated art, which was imitating life in the first place… Last night’s events of the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami eerily reminded many of us fans of the recent “Kai E’e” episode. As we joked on Facebook, we all wished it was a disaster that could be avoided by simply finding a hacker in the Ala Wai Harbor who was falsifying the data. Unfortunately, last night’s events were real, and the images coming in from Japan reminds us that we really are at nature’s mercy. Tsunamis are a natural disaster that usually follows a major underwater earthquake, and like the Chilean earthquake last year and the Indonesian earthquake in 2004, yesterday’s earthquake generated a significant tsunami that did major damage in Japan.
As we learned in “Kai E’e”, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center keeps tabs of all these events. Sophisticated buoys keep track of wave height, speed and direction. While scientists can predict the tsunamis impact when it reaches land, nature will constantly throw in many variables. We were warned of a tsunami wave with a height of six feet. Fortunately, we have the benefit of time on our side and had six hours to prepare. Hawaii has an excellent reputation of being disaster ready since we’re subject to earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Everyone did their jobs to be prepared and be safe.
Now, our thoughts and prayers go to those deeply affected in Japan.
And that being said, the show must truly go on 😉
Peter Lenkov tweeted last night:
@Plenkov: Cast & Crew safe. All at high ground. So far it’s wait and see. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.
Daniel Dae Kim added:
@DanielDaeKim: Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. My family and I have moved to high ground. Now we wait…
and then this morning:
@DanielDaeKim: Back at work, bleary eyed & heartsick, but very grateful. As far as I know, everyone is safe. Thx 2 all of you 4 your kind thoughts. Truly.
The production headquarters, Five-0 headquarters (the Post Office building and Aliiolani Hale) lie just a few blocks out of the inundation zone, where filming happened this morning. The Bayer Estate (McGarrett’s house) and Rachel Williams’ house are beachfront properties, but I haven’t heard if the houses suffered any flooding.
And despite the disaster, I can happily report that love blossoms anew from the destruction and carnage of the earthquake and tsunami. Actor JT Rowland was on set today and tweeted:
@JT_Rowland: #blush Grace Park said hi as she passed me on the way to make up. I was like, I love you. But silently, only to myself. Lol : ] #H50
Read this blog by Melissa Chang to see how technology helped Hawaii mobilize, and how you can help relief efforts in Japan.
The Huffington Post has a list of relief funds as well.