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Tsunami Warning: Sirens Put Hawaii on Alert Ahead of Waves
February 27, 2010
7:25 pm
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Hawaiians Stock Up on Food, Gas as Waves Prepare to Hit at 11 a.m. Local Time
By DEVIN DWYER
Feb. 27, 2010

Hawaii is bracing for a potential tsunami in the wake of last night's massive Chilean earthquake, sounding alarms to evacuate coastal areas for the first time in 16 years.

Civil defense sirens blared in each county of Hawaii starting at 6:00 a.m. Hawaiian time as residents and tourists calmly began leaving their coastline homes and resorts and moving to higher ground.

Grocery stores faced a crush of residents eager to stock up on food, water and batteries. Long lines of cars snaked through many islands' streets near gas stations as drivers filled their tanks.

Red Cross officials are urging people to gather food and supplies to remain self-sufficient for at least three days.

"We've got a lot of things going for us," Charles McCreery, director of the center told The Associated Press. "We have a reasonable lead time. The evacuation should all take place during daylight hours, and wave impact should be during daylight hours."

The first wave is expected to hit the Big Island by 11:19 a.m. local time, 4:19 p.m. ET. The wave will then move north to the other islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning -- its highest alert -- early Saturday morning, warning of damage along the shores of all islands in the state.

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February 27, 2010
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That was mighty big earthquake, but a large one several years ago in Chile resulted in tsunami that killed people in Hawaii and Japan, not sure of other places.

February 27, 2010
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Water's been receding in Long Beach, CA too. Boats that were in the dock are touching sea floor.

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February 27, 2010
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To my knowledge no Japanese died in any tsunami within the past decade or so.

Last night here in Amami I felt an earthquake whose epicentre was several hundred kilometres away to the South West. - It was registered as being a 7.3. Things swayed gently for around fifteen seconds - that's a long time! It went on for so long that I decided to go downstairs ... but fortunately it stopped.

So Haiti gets a 7, and a quarter of a million perish. Chile gets an 8.8 and only a hundred or so are thought to have died so far. I guess they must make their buildings out of wood or with steel reinforcement rather than just balance concrete slabs on top of each other as the Haitians like to do.

February 27, 2010
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"Wing-Zero" wrote: Water's been receding in Long Beach, CA too. Boats that were in the dock are touching sea floor.

That must be an auspicious sight. Weird. I don't really know much about tsunamis but I imagine then that all that water being sucked out from the edges is going to all meet in the middle somewhere and then spread out again until the sea has found a new balance?

Any reports of the expected tsunami?

Several years ago we had a tsunami warning here in Amami. But no one noticed it if there was one. - I gather that 200 years ago there was a big one near here which lobbed a 700 kg block of coral several kilometres inland. And one of my island neighbours told me she remembered 40 years ago when there was a tsunami. She said the sea was covered with pieces of tatami-mats and wood from the houses.

February 27, 2010
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Chili's architecture is actually very stable and well suited for earthquakes, what with being an earthquake-friendly country.

I only went down to check it out for a minute or so, then I booked it back to higher ground. Usually the receding is caused because of a bigger tsunami-type wave sucking up energy to have it all crash down. Not the case so far, but everyone's still on their toes.

I'm not worried. I live on a huge, steep hill that not even a two hundred foot wave could reach.

We also have our local idiots that are all standing on the beach and docks gawking and wondering where 'dat der water went off ta". 🙄

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February 28, 2010
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"Wing-Zero" wrote:

I'm not worried. I live on a huge, steep hill that not even a two hundred foot wave could reach.

Hey Wing-Zero, do you live on Signal Hill?

February 28, 2010
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Nope. 😛

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February 28, 2010
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wing_zero wrote:

I'm not worried. I live on a huge, steep hill that not even a two hundred foot wave could reach.

Laugh Laugh Laugh rather sort of silly that you should dare consider "yourself" safe Laugh Laugh Laugh

there are plenty of 300 ft waves that can prove me....unprovable..

depending which side of the coin you're laying your cents..I mean sense on...

Rock on there wing_zero...in the incredible zero point of the ultimate complete.... "Nothingness" of unconditional..everything is equal kinda love.

(pppst..don't leave that hill at the wrong time 😮 😉 )

I have your back anyhow..if not.... I have your wig and purple gloves...

by the way....there are some who know the riddler masquerades as the joker when it pleases him....

you play both characters..with the charm and grace they both deserve.

LOOK OUT HERE COMES A WAVE!!!!
(surf music in the background)

(If anyone takes this post seriously..I feel for ya..) 😉 😮 😎 😀

February 28, 2010
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Maaan, when you said surf music I really wanted to go out and catch some gnarly tubes.

I'm sorry. I'm drunk, and couple that with my Southern California demeanor, my surfing soul and my teenage brain and I'm a goner when you say things like that.

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