Update on the tsunami warning: Sirens rang at 6 am this morning to alert everyone about the tsunami warning after the 8.8 earthquake happened in Chile yesterday. Coastal evacuations are happening for all tsunami zone areas of Hawaii. I live not far from the beach, but fortunately far enough that I do not live in a tsunami evacuation zone. I am safe but do worry for all those living in tsunami evacuation zones. I hope everyone who does live in a tsunami evacuation zone will take this seriously and evacuate. My thoughts are also with everyone in Chile right now.
Sirens are blaring again. I guess they will be going off every hour. There are many closures on all islands. Tsunami waves are predicted to hit all coastal areas of Hawaii. Arrival time of the first waves is at 11:19 am. I am not sure if they are predicted to hit Hilo Bay first or all islands at the same time. I will update this post later on today with more news...
*More specific info on times: 11:05 a.m. Hilo, 11:20 a.m. Maui, 11:35 a.m. Oahu, 11:50 a.m. Kauai, 9-12 ft. surge estimates.
*Good link to follow tsunami info in Hawaii.
*Here's a second link (another local news station).
*Sirens just went off again (10:30 am). Very loud this time. They have been going off every hour. I guess now they will be going off every 30 minutes. We have been told not to flush. They are shutting down the waste water treatment sites. The fear if too many people flush, the waste will go onto the streets. Ewww!
*11:40 am. Nothing yet. They say they could be off by an hour with the predicted time waves could hit.
*12 noon - Definite receding of water in Hilo. Looked like a rushing river for a few minutes. Now waiting to see how big the surge will be. The second link above is showing the water in Hilo.
*1:45 pm. The tsunami warning in Hawaii has officially been canceled. We have fortunately been spared any damage. Hope the same goes for all other places with warnings waiting for waves to hit.
Thanks everyone for your concern. I am going to move my PhotoHunt post up above this post now that the warning has been canceled. Have a great Saturday!