Listen up folks; if living in the Hawaiian Islands has taught me anything, it’s to pay attention to the seismic movements of the plates in the Ring of Fire. Since the devastating Japan earthquake last week, I have been waiting for the other shoe to drop either here on the Big Island or somewhere else along the ring. The energy from the plates shifting is just pinging around the entire area. Chile, New Zealand, Japan…
Now Jim Berkland (of 1989 San Fran earthquake prediction fame), while speaking with Neil Cavuto yesterday, is predicting that North America will experience a massive earthquake sometime between March 19th and March 26 as the moon will be closer to the earth than it has been in 19 years and other natural ‘pre-earthquake’ events are occurring.
Aloha all! Drudge Report has all the details on the massive 8.9 Mag. earthquake that has hit northern Japan. Here in the islands we are getting ready for the first tsunami wave forecast for 3am. I will check back in with more information as necessary. Do not worry about the Monster and RedLemur; we are prepared.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Tsunami Warning has been issued for the State of Hawaii by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The first of several waves resulting from a severe earthquake off Honshu Japan is expected to arrive in the State at approximately 2:55 a.m.
Tsunamis pose a serious threat to ALL coastal areas of Oahu; repeat ALL coastal areas of Oahu. Residents living in coastal tsunami evacuation zones on Oahu as identified in the maps in the front of the telephone white page directory should begin evacuation immediately when outdoor warning sirens sound.
UPDATE: Alii Drive in Kona (Big Island) has taken damage. Big Island residents are still under evacuation order while the damage is being assessed.
Alii Drive, Big Island, Hawaii (H/T Hawaii Free Press)
Time lapse of several waves hitting Alii Drive, Kona Coast
SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) – A massive magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck south-central Chile early on Saturday, killing at least 47 people, knocking down buildings and triggering a tsunami.
President Michelle Bachelet confirmed 47 deaths and said more were possible. Telephone and power lines were down, making damage assessments difficult in the early morning darkness.
“Never in my life have I experienced a quake like this, it’s like the end of the world,” one man told local television from the city of Temuco, where the quake damaged buildings and forced staff to evacuate the regional hospital.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck 56 miles northeast of the city of Concepcion at a depth of 22 miles at 3:34 a.m. (1:34 a.m. ED).
Chilean television and radio stations said several buildings collapsed in the city of Curico and that there was damage to buildings in the historic center of the capital Santiago, about 200 miles north of the epicenter.
The capital’s international airport was forced to close, a highway bridge collapsed and chunks of buildings fell into the street.
In the moments after the quake, people streamed onto the streets of the capital, hugging each other and crying.
There were blackouts in parts of Santiago and communications were still down in the area closest to the epicenter.
Bachelet urged people to stay calm. “With a quake of this size we undoubtedly can’t rule out more deaths and probably injuries,” she said.
An earthquake of magnitude 8 or over can cause “tremendous damage,” the USGS says. The quake that devastated Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on January 12 was rated magnitude 7.0.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the Chile quake generated a tsunami that may have been destructive along the coast near the epicenter “and could also be a threat to more distant coasts.”
It issued a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru, and a tsunami watch for Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Antarctica. Chile’s navy said officials had lifted the tsunami warning in southern Chile, local radio reported.
A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE ALONG COASTLINES OF ALL ISLANDS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. URGENT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY.
A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD.
THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS
1119 AM HST SAT 27 FEB 2010
Pre-Tsunami Pics From Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (9:50 HST)
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - Shoreline 9:50am
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - Lighthouse (Low Tide) 9:50am
As a blogger not allowed to link to AP stories without paying big bucks, you will have to google this title “Tsunami hits American Samoa” to get the facts of the tsunami that has hit Samoa in which an entire village has been wiped out. No fatalities have been reported as of yet.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at Ewa Beach, Hawaii is reporting the Hawaiian Islands are under a Tsunami Watch with expected arrival time of 1:11pm Hawaiian time. I will keep you updated on this post as more details are reported by Hawaii Civil Defense, and/or the big a** cruise ship sitting in the bay goes back out to sea unexpectedly, (my money is on the cruise ship).
BULLETIN TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 2 NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 857 AM HST TUE SEP 29 2009
TO – CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
SUBJECT – TSUNAMI WATCH SUPPLEMENT
A TSUNAMI WATCH CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS NOTE MOMENT MAGNITUDE INCREASE TO 8.3
ORIGIN TIME – 0748 AM HST 29 SEP 2009 COORDINATES – 15.3 SOUTH 171.0 WEST LOCATION – SAMOA ISLANDS REGION MAGNITUDE – 8.3 MOMENT MAGNITUDE – 8.0 RICHTER (MS)
MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY
GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER ——————- —– —— —– ————— —– APIA UPOLU WS 13.8S 171.8W 1832Z 0.70M / 2.3FT 08MIN PAGO PAGO AS 14.3S 170.7W 1812Z 1.57M / 5.1FT 04MIN
LAT – LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH) LON – LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST) TIME – TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME) AMPL – TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL. IT IS …NOT… CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT. VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT). PER – PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.
BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS
0111 PM HST TUE 29 SEP 2009
MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.
For those that have not heard about the earthquake, here are the details from Reuters and the USGS.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A tsunami warning was issued for New Zealand and other small Pacific islands after a major 7.9 magnitude quake struck in the ocean off American Samoa, U.S. government agencies said on Tuesday.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a branch of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, issued the warning after the quake hit about 120 miles southwest of the remote Pacific island of American Samoa. It struck at a depth of 20.5 miles.
A tsunami watch was in effect for Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and other small Pacific islands.
The agency noted that its warning did not mean a tsunami had necessarily been generated by the quake. The warning was issued because a quake of this magnitude had the power to generate a destructive tsunami, it said.