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Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2010
Natalie - SNOW? Really? Oh wait you did mention you woke up.

Well when I woke up this morning, my phone rang and the luncheon we had scheduled for Soroptimists was cancelled because of the tsunami warning. The day is voggy, and overcast, we are at the 1500 foot level so it would be the second coming of Noah if we were endangered. We have an excellent view of the coastline and so far the harbor area looks like it has some nice, gentle waves coming in, nothing unusual. It's supposed to hit in about an hour and a half, but mostly on the other side of our island. Natalie, where are you on Honolulu. They are saying that in Waikiki, people will generally be moved higher up in their hotels rather than evacuated out.

That said, I just came back from my office. It seemed prudent to get my back up and laptop out of harms way. My office is located about 100 yards from the line of demarcation. The police were turning people back at one intersection and told me I couldn't go to my office. NEVER tell me I can't do something like that. I just went around and parked my car in the parking lot next door, the police were at the intersection by my building as well and probably would have gotten cranky at me. The Denny's must be an evacuation center because the line of people is about 10 wide and across the parking lot. I know that that Denny's is not the hot place to be or the best food in town. Safeway and Walmart parking lots are completely full. So I suppose they are evacuation spots as well combined with all the people "stocking up before the hoarders get there". The airport is still open here and we are watching planes land, but it's closed in Hilo.

Last time we had an emergency of this significance was about two years ago when hurricane Flossie (who names these things?) was bearing down on our little island. On the Doppler it was absolutely humongous and our island was like a tiny little dot. But we have a very large mountain that tends to dissipate them and at the time it was to strike, we hardly had a breath of air. Hopefully, this will be just as uneventful. Even our major earthquake was more scary than damaging, no one even died much to the chagrin of the news media.

Nina and Natalie, stay safe and let us know how you are doing.

Taocpa (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2010
I am watching the coverage now. I know the media tends to hype these up, but after the tsunami after Christmas a few years ago, they are just waiting for the next disaster.

However, I hope you guys are safe. Let us know how you make out in this whole thing.


CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2010
The Tsunami is reported to be hitting HI now, around 5:19 EST. I don't know how bad it will be.

I hope all our Hawaiians are safe and secure. I'd hate to see Natalie wash up on Guam with her bicycle!

P.S. The National Weather Service is begging the Governor of Hawaii to sacrifice a virgin into the Manua Loa Volcano (these guys think of everything) in hopes of somehow pacifying the island Gods.

Belle (talk|edits) said:

February 27, 2010
I have the coverage on also....CNN does seem to be waiting for the worst to happen. A bit of info about Chile would be nice.

Keep us posted, Natalie, Paula, Taxea etc. Hope everything goes well.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 27, 2010
It's turning out to be a pretty minor event. They're reporting about 3' with some "sloshing" in Hilo Bay on the Big Island. I live on the east side of Oahu, and there's not much going on here. An observer about six miles from here said she could see the reefs are exposed and then get covered again as the waves come in and out, but it sounds like these are pretty small.

I'll be taking my morning bike ride in a few hours, as soon as they give the all clear and open the roads again.

Crow, I truly think you missed your calling.

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2010
And another major disaster fizzles - uh, maybe a better word is "averted". All we got anywhere is a bit of in and out of the water that usually doesn't happen. However, in order to save face, the reporters are still warning of possible week long activity because of after shocks. We just came back from downtown and traffic is back to normal, Denny's is empty, they probably don't have any food left, the Walmart and Safeway parking lots are back to normal. Life is good in Hawaii.

Crow, sacrificing a virgin in the Mauna Loa Volcano would be a non event. If they want to sacrifice a virgin for results, it would have to be Kilauea - that's where the molten lava is.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

28 February 2010
When the government is not 100% sure of it's forecast, they go for Mauna Loa. That way, they can reuse the virgins, since they're getting so hard to find out there.

If they ever do call for them to be thrown into Kilauea, don't let your life preserver out of your sight.

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