February 27, 2010

Chilean earthquake tsunami

As you all may have heard, there was an 8.8 earthquake in Chile overnight. At the moment (10:30am HST) we expect a series of waves to hit Hilo about 11:00am and Honolulu about 11:30am. We've got a homeless population that lives on beaches as well as a lot of people who live just across primary roads from the ocean, so that's the big concern out here. Here's the site for the Pacific Disaster Center which has the latest information as well as maps of evacuation zones.

We personally are about 1,000 feet above sea level and our hill is 1.5 miles long, so any wave that gets us probably inundates all of Oahu other than Punchbowl and Diamond Head, in which case most of the state is drowned. I don't expect that. We've got a bathtub full of water for flushing, a 5-gallon jug of drinking water, more smaller containers and canned food. What we're more concerned about than wave action is the potential loss of power and water.

We'll see. Thanks for all the good wishes we've been receiving on Facebook and in comments here.

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