Google search page has a tsnami alert reaching to Hawaii and New Zealand, so hopefully all the people there are checking their local news and heading to safety accordingly. Our prayers and thoughts for everyone!
It is one thing watching but those around the Pacific coasts should be very aware that a tsunami could be heading your way. I do not wish to be alarmists but it would be prudent to take precautions and check the bulletins on a regular basis. I am sure I say from all hubbers that we are thinking of those affected, in a positive way.
they say they are monitoring it, but should be less than a metre by time it gets to NZ and Australia, usually just resulting in unusual currents for a few days. The ones in danger are those closer like Hawaii, but many islands might be okay if water just goes around (unlike Japan which had big shelf of land with no-where for water to go)
There was a very small mention on BBC breakfast news that Hawaii might get some smaller waves hitting them (didn't think it sounded dangerous but the surfers might be rushing out to the beaches there now). I actually just emailed my Aunt who lives there to ask her if she has been given warnings or not, basically if it was alarmist reporting I got this morning or not. I think the point is this is going to be a huge disaster. My heart goes out to the people in Japan and everywhere that will be effected
japan news reports they expect a couple thousand deaths/injured. Please pray for everyone there. My Mom's whole family lives in N.E. Japan. We live on westcoast (washington state) so we could be hit with sunami too.
The fatality count is going to go up dramatically... I watched trucks and cars driving to escape, not to mention people on foot just get swept away.... There was no chance of escape..
The Miyagi Prefecture is home to roughly 2 million people....tightly packed together (google earth the area...). I used the airport as a waypoint to measure (crudely) the area rapidly devastated (and still continuing now) by these waves...
While the Tsunami warnings are sent out to all of us in the Pacific Basin, the height of the waves could vary from 30cm to 10 metres. Places such as the east coast of Australia and west coast of South America may be on the lower end of the scale.
Hawaii and Guam have evacuated the low lying areas in readiness.
It looks awful - the pictures are jaw-dropping!! I hope there are not a lot of casualties. It does seem to have destroyed the homes and livelihoods of a whole lot of people - very sad! My heart goes out to those who've been affected. It must have been so sudden and shocking. Hopefully, more countries aren't affected in the upcoming hours!!
Places like the Philippines should at this moment be affected by Tsunami and I hope you guys are ok, as it is Friday evening at the end of a working week. Em and co don't even think about the local reef breaks! - Take care....
Thanks PD. I think they just announced that the first wave already probably reached the north part of our country. The most optimistic forecast is just 1 meter (shoulder level) and I really hope that is the only level it will reach.
My prayers go out to the people in Japan, especially to my countrymen.
The BBC has just reported 32 dead and that there are many missing. There is also an oil refinery just outside of Tokyo burning out of control, and some of the Japanese nuclear power plants have shut down automatically.
Let's hope that the missing are all found safe and that the number of fatalities does not go up.
Been watching this on the news this morning, and more waves expected to hit Hawaii and California later today. Unbelieveable to watch the power of the wave coming through. And Japan is actually a country that is prepared for earthquakes.
Prayers and best wishes to anyone who has been hit by this natural disaster.
Hi Fellow Japanese Hubbers and Friends and Family of Japanese People,
I would like to extend my sincere thoughts to those of my fellow hubbers who are either from Japan or have family or friends still living there.
I have seen some very devastating footage from Japan especially around the Tokyo, when the Tsunami hit. I am so so sorry to see this happen to such a very beautiful Country.
I wanted you to all know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I can't even imagine just what this must have felt like for those who were involved especially those who were seriously and critically injured or worse.
The initial reports are tragic with more to follow prettydarkhorse. Last update was 96 confirmed dead with many more still missing. Houses, buildings, factories even industries can be rebuilt. Loss of life is irreplaceable.
To all affected in the Japan Earthquake. We are still praying for you. I am sure our government will drop everything, unlike Hurricane Katrina, and give aid as need. I am sure you will start seeing money from the USA as soon as today, while us Americans had to wait weeks and if not months. I am not blaming you for anything that went wrong, but what would you do if your government said "They tried there hardest, but are seen weeks later giving to a different country within hours.
Unlike our citizens who where giving $1,000 debit cards then spent them mostly on drugs, I am sure you will not make the same mistake as our people did. No strip clubs or plastic surgery with the money our government gives you. If you do you are in the same category as Us Americans
This is the time to be united in prayer. Humankind as a nation, we are people with little power over the destructive forces of nature. Praying here for all those affected. Especially our fellow hubbers in Hawaii and areas affected.
there are so many earthquakes the past few years.... the earth is making some drastic shifts...wondering if the magnetic north pole shift has something to do with it? no one is immune;even us in the mid west. I hope no one had any family members in the areas affected
"Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or 202 647-5225.
For inquiries about relatives living in Japan who are not US citizens, encourage the members of your community to keep calling or to try contacting other family members who live in the region. Even though communication networks overloaded right now, the situation may change and access to mobile networks and the internet may improve."
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