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Old March 11th, 2011, 01:12 AM
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Default Tsunami Watch - Hawaii for March 11, 2011

Earthquake in Japan has created a tsunami there.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:12 AM
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Magnitude 8.9 quake in Japan is, according to NOAA experts, one hundred times bigger than the quake in Haiti. One. Hundred. Times.
News reports show long lines here already at gas stations, stores, etc.
Tide at 3am will be about halfway between high and low, so that's a small blessing.
Hourly updates at Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/ .

All of you... prepare, and be safe. Good luck to all of us.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:17 AM
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Amazing video of the tsunami in Japan from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/wor...pan.cnn?hpt=T1 .
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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:25 AM
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Watching the incredible TV coverage from Japan, that awesome tsunami relentlessly sweeping across mile after mile. We thought about Hawai'i, specifically Kalalau on the NW shore of Kaua'i, that would be a prime target for a tsunami, the campers must be alerted somehow, and somehow they must climb from the campgrounds to higher land in the dark. It won't be easy. Red Hill is about 800 ft. high, obviously that will be safe but getting up it in the dark...I don't know how you could. Hilo, on the opposite side of the Big Island from where the waves will be coming, you'd think would be safe, but maybe not, sometimes the converging waves double up. I hope everybody gets thru this OK. Its expected to pull into San Diego about 8 am. The last big Chilean quake's tsunami did a surprising amount of damage in SD Bay, it pulled boats from their moorings, smashed them together, a friend who lives on a boat said the harbor was littered with smashed boats and other rubble, so you just can never tell whats going to happen. Anyway, I wouldn't want to be camping on Kalalau beach tonight.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:29 AM
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Anyone needs shelter, I'm at 47-649 Ahuimanu Road, 250 feet above sea level. We will shelter you! HT, you are home.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:41 AM
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Just my opinion, but I wouldn't worry too much about getting gas (where you gonna go?).

I'd concentrate on making sure you have enough water, in case there's a disruption to the water supply (for example, if you live in an apartment that uses an electric pump to get water to your floor). I'm not gonna fight the crowds at the store. I'm gonna fill some containers, pots, and bath tub with water.

The news says at 11:30pm they'll see how powerful of a tsunami hits Wake Island.

Take care, everyone.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:52 AM
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my AT&T cell service is not working right now.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 02:58 AM
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I was in Kaneohe for most of the day today and was riding TheBus around 9:30 pm, when the bus arrived in Downtown Honolulu I heard the civil defense sirens go off at a bus stop.

I called my sister on Kauai and she informed me about this event. I didn't see any attempts of the boats to leave for open water, I suspect that the boat owners/operators haven't gotten to the boats yet.

Ala Moana Shopping Center doesn't seem to be any different than usual, but it was at closing time anyway.

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Old March 11th, 2011, 03:07 AM
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I'm less than 100' from Kaneohe Bay but my house is 50' to 60' above sea level, so I'm staying. Been going around seeing if any neighbors need help or advice. Heavy rain right now and tradewinds are 20mph+.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 03:12 AM
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Currently watching Hawaii NewsNow (via KGMB).
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Old March 11th, 2011, 03:14 AM
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Helen, about the boats -- standard tsunami procedure for Coast Guard and Navy is for all boats to head offshore. Most of Honolulu Harbor ships and tugs will be heading out too. Not so much the yachts in the marinas, though they should. If I hadn't sold my boat I'd already be offshore.
Biggest problem will be wild currents in all the harbors and marinas.
Tsunami sirens sounding again right now.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 03:25 AM
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Been going around seeing if any neighbors need help or advice.
Good job! Best wishes to you and your neighbors.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 03:31 AM
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i thinks the auto dial alert system has overloaded the system.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 03:56 AM
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Ewa Beach about 10 ft above sea level - I'd sure like to know what's happening in Guam right now.

\From what I gather - nothing in Guam yet.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 04:04 AM
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Good job! Best wishes to you and your neighbors.
Thanks. Lots of elderly folks in my neighborhood so it's just natural to stay in touch with them in this kind of situation.
Fire trucks have been going through all the areas around Kaneohe Bay using the loudspeakers to suggest evacuations in the lower areas.
Hey, there was a 4.6 earthquake near the Big Island at 10:58pm, just an hour ago!
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Old March 11th, 2011, 04:54 AM
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Anyone else less than impressed by the Skype reports that KHON is using? It almost seems that instead of having a camera crew, they have resorted to blurry, skippy Skype pictures. So does Skype represent a big improvement in "technology", or a big budget cut?
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Old March 11th, 2011, 07:47 AM
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HawaiiNewsNow is showing a view from a traffic camera around the Kalakaua and Kapahulu. During the 2nd surge a person was riding a bike close to the shore.

Another view from Diamond Head shows a reef being exposed.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 09:18 AM
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I know I'm not a frequent poster, but I do read here quite a bit, and just wanted to let you all know you're in my thoughts.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:24 AM
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Damage reports starting to come in. Sounds like Maui and the Big Island may have had the worst. One sensor south of Kona is 100' inland from the beach and recorded 12' of water.
Sunrise in about half an hour, at 6:44am, and we'll find out a lot more. You folks on the mainland should check updates on the Star-Advertiser website.
HawaiiNewsNow just reported that "La Mariana is gone." They were kind of implying that it's the La Mariana Sailing Club restaurant that's gone, but I think the reality will be that many of the boat docks broke up in front of it there in Keehi Lagoon. I can't see why the restaurant would be gone.
Possible damage in Haleiwa and Waianae harbors too. Reports of boats washed up onto dry land.
All state and city offices will be closed today, as will most schools.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:31 AM
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Damage reports starting to come in. Sounds like Maui and the Big Island may have had the worst. One sensor south of Kona is 100' inland from the beach and recorded 12' of water.
Twelve feet of water?!? Holy crap.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 11:26 AM
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Twelve feet of water?!? Holy crap.
Yep, 12 feet. And it's important for everyone to remember that it's not a 12' wave, it was a 12' rise in the surface of the ocean. Followed by a 12' drop in the ocean surface. So it's actually a 24' change.
We had 8' rises here on Oahu, or a 16' surface change.
More and more reports of damage are coming in now that sun is up. Surges are still happening.
No answer yet about La Mariana Sailing Club. Some of the docks there, which have long been in horrible condition, have completely broken loose and are surging back and forth in Keehi Lagoon, some of them with 30 or 40 boats still attached.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 12:48 PM
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Half a mil in damages estimated at La Mariana, with at least 3 docks completely destroyed, some floating around with boats attached, many boats sunk and more in danger. No real damage to the club, but financially it might be a problem, I guess insurance will cover most... I'm nearby and would go take some pix but with no bus service this morning and a fractured foot I've already walked way enuf miles. Doesn't anybody pick up hitchhikers any more?
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Looks like Hawaii Civil Defense should install some beachside webcams on the neighbor islands so conditions can be monitored during evacuations.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjCV182S5y4

you tube link for a time lapse of kona town seawall.
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Umm, Is it just me, or is it really quiet out today?
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