It has been reported that an earthquake has struck Chile with 1,000 times the force of the tremblor that hit Haiti in January creating a severe threat of a tsunami in the Hawaiian Islands. The wave is due to hit at about 11:00 this morning. For an update check out gather.com or the latest USGS or Pacific Tsunami Warning Center postings.
Okay, now it's nearly sunset, Brah, and after a day of excitemnt with everyone heading to high ground and buying water, Top Ramen, and t.p., it turns out that the tsunami waves were not of the same as those of years past——when South American earthquakes across the ocean reamed Hilo Bay.
Still, Aloha Nui to the people of Chile and Hawaiian prayers go to all those in need there.
Shows to go you that in Hawaii, and the Big Island in particular, one day you can can be grooving at the beach (see yesterday's post) and the next day you're running from a would-be watery grave. This seems like a good time to point out that this side of Hilo is also the Mauna Loa side, and therefore at the highest risk of getting lava flow from that massive, active volcano.