The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Surf's Up!

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake off the British Columbia coast has triggered a Tsumani Warning for Hawaii. The Weather Channel has predicted a minimum 7ft  wave at 10:30 local time. CNN has a 5ft prediction. It does not matter what side of the islands you are on, but it looks like Kahului on Maui's North Shore will take the worst of it.

Evacuations are underway. Local TV (via CNN) advising people to gather gas, cash, food and medicine... but not to horde because that would be rude.


Live local feed:
Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

3:25am- This is starting to look like a cluster***k. There are major roads jammed with traffic heading for higher ground that should have been made one way evacuation routes. Local officials now advising people stuck in traffic in the inundation zones to consider abandoning their cars.

At the same time they are showing people gathering at local beaches to watch the wave. Darwin is standing by...

3:34am- Weird fact: This tsunami is coming from the East. Most emergency planning is for waves coming from the West.

I have the live local feed on my PC and DirecTv's News Mix on. The live local feed is definitely the most interesting.

3:45am- Nothing yet. Officials are still telling everyone to be on guard.

3:55am- Starting to see abnormal waves across the islands with reports of boats on the sand in Hilo Bay.

3:58am- To show nothing was going on they went to a shot of people standing on a dock looking out at the ocean with nothing going on. Meanwhile, evacuate from coastal regions...

4:04am- So far, so good. No dramatic waves reported yet.

Being able to sit here and watch this in real time as it unfolds from multiple sources is kind of eerie. Right now it's all cool, but if something should change this could get real ugly, real fast.

4:26am- Cut to tourists being pissy about mandatory evacuations.

4:52am- Reports of the tsumani hitting with a 6in wave 30 minutes ago.

Best line of the night "It was a nice break from all the campaign ads".

5:06am- The "All Clear" hasn't been officially issued, but it appears the danger has passed. FOX News was quick to find an "expert" to say it was a massive overreaction by the government. Had 1,000's died he would have said it was a massive government fail.

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