Today is the first day first day of Spring Break for my oldest daughter’s school. And not that we ever go anywhere exotic, but thank goodness we’re not in Hawaii where the big news is that tsunami waves generated by the recent earthquake in Japan are starting to hit the islands. Kauai was the first one affected.
The waves are expected to hit the contiguous United States between 11:00 to 11:30 am EST — a little under three hours as I type. People who live near the beach in Santa Barbara county are being warned to head toward higher ground.
The tsunami has already slammed into the eastern coast of Japan, where, according to an AP, it swept away “boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control.” It’s traveling at 500 miles per hour.
The tsunami was generated by the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that recently struck Japan and has people in its path busy in preparation and fearful for their safety.
According to Chip McCreery, director for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: “[Tsunami waves are] going to be coming in with high currents, they can pick up boulders from the sea floor … they can pick up cars, they can pick up fuel tanks, those things become battering rams and so it just amplifies the destruction in a big tsunami.”
The spokesman for the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, John Cummings III said, “We’re preparing for the worst and praying for the best.”
We, too, are praying for the best and will keep you posted on further developments.