Our prayers and condolences go out to the people of Japan
The horror of the Tsunami that hit Japan was like watching a Hollywood movie. It was surreal. The destruction was unbelievable. In the wake of this destruction, thousands of people are feared dead. The Tsunami was the result of a massive earthquake measuring 8.9 magnitude that struck off the coast of Japan.
Here in Hawai’i, the Tsunami sirens sounded a little after 9PM HST as the Pacific Tsunami issued a Tsunami warning. All coastal areas on all islands were evacuated to higher ground shelters. There was an immediate run on food and gasoline. Long lines of cars were waiting to top off their tanks.
Just before 11PM HST an earthquake measuring 4.6 magnitude hit the Big Island of Hawai’i. It shook the house, but there was no damage. There was no Tsunami generated by the quake.
4.6 2011/03/10 22:58:25 19.341N 154.993W 9.3 2 km ( 1 mi) SW of Kalapana
We get earthquakes everyday, but usually they are so small we never feel them. The Tsunami generated by the Japanese earthquake was predicted to strike Hawai’i around 3AM HST.
A time lapse of several tsunami surges hitting bay front Kailua-Kona shows the water receding and returning. The video is made up of about 100 photos over a 45 minute period and was photographed from the Royal Kona Resort by Mike Session.
Kailua-Kona on the west side of the Big Island received the worse damage. The roads and the evacuation remains in effect at this time until civil defense can determine and clean up the damage.
This is Ali’i road which is located in down town Kona. This is a popular resort area with many restaurants, shops and apartment complexes.
Honolulu Civil Beat reports:
Other damage reports from the island included reports that a foot of water had inundated King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. A representative for the hotel told Civil Beat that the hotel had sustained extensive damage and flooding. Guests aren’t being allowed back in yet.
The other islands made it through without any significant damage. Some boats and pier damage did occur in some locations. The Tsunami alert was been downgraded to an assessment.
What’s For Lunch?
Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce