tagged w/ tsunami threatens Hawaii
6:13 pm hst updates: Aside from the tiny reported surges, all in Hawaii is peaceful and safe. Civil Defense managed to get the entire state out of the water. They're good. The ''Blueberries', local slang for the police department (because officers here use their own vehicles and strap a blue light on top), successfully shut access to 750 miles of sometimes isolated shoreline, and it's high-velocity, debris-filled surf of seemingly innocent heights.
The last chapter is at http://current.com/items/92243903_aquacalypse-not-epilogue-of-a-teensy-tsunami-from-the-big-island-of-hawaii.htm
The earlier story: Tsunami sirens finally turn off. Then they turn on again. It's Blitz. A tsunami is expected to hit the coastal areas of the Big Island (Hawai'i island) first around 11:05 today hst, then proceed to the other islands in the state of Hawaii. The tidal wave was be generated by the reported 8.8 Chilean earthquake.
Hawaii state and Big Island residents are generally expected to be very safe as there is five hours of warning, and all have ample elevation to ascend to . After all, Hawai'i Island is home to the tallest mountain in the world if measured from sea floor to pinnacle. Big Wave, meet Big Mountain. The office for the Cannabis Ministry, you know, the one that legally gives away free baggies of 'weed' as a sacrament, is in the evacuation zone. So is the Tsunami museum. Hope the people that live in the seaside caves off of Kea'au to Kalapana have their B plan.
For more info go to Pacific Tsunami Warning Center - http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/?region=2&id=hawaii.2009.09.30.050107
12:19 hst update:
We have been three blocks away from Hilo Bay front, home of the tsunami, for more than an hour. [Running TOWARDS the ghost town barricades as the sirens got louder as we got closer, and closer to 11:05 was surreal.] Nothing yet, just some turbulence. There is a live feed going on right now at Coconut Island, our little island park off the coast. That piece of land is barely above sea level. It's about to host SpongeBob's friends. I brought a telescope and video camera makai, but there's nothing going on but a blue sky day in the 80s. [We would hear it before we'd see it; but there was only the sound of a chicken]. We leave finally, to find an open health food store-two we pass are closed-and spot a shy evacuated kitty waiting in his cargo carrier to go home. And then he does, and we do too.
12:49 hst update:
live video of coconut island taking a bath-
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