Friday, March 11, 2011

8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Japan, US West Coast Under Tsunami Warning

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit northern Japan this morning.  A Tsunami Warning has been issued for the US West Coast from Point Conception to the Oregon/Washington boarder.

A warning means that a Tsunami capable of causing wide spread inundation is eminent or expected.

The expected Tsunami is to hit Hawaii at just after 3am ( 5 am Humboldt time) and should hit Crescent City by 7:23 am and San Francisco by 8:08 am this morning.

Those in low lying areas should head to higher ground.

4 comments:

  1. Any damage in Trinidad?

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  2. No damage in Trinidad. There was damage about an hour north of here in Crescent City.

    I am just now blogging again as the Tsunami Warning took away one nights sleep for me. I had to go to work at 2 am Friday morning. I was almost asleep when I got the call from my boss about what was happening. While on the phone with her, Troy from the National Weather Service called me and It was time to go to work. Our news guy was out of town for a sporting event so I knew this was going to be double duty.

    I think that I was the first one in Humboldt to get on the air with this. I know Khum was on robot when I was making my way to the studios. Khsu may have had something about it before 3 am but I didn't hear it.

    Our Crescent City sister stations were on the air live and local at about 1:30 am.

    I would love to give a big plug to the people that I work for. They did an awesome job of getting information out there. I would plug the stations but when the tom on k@*# blog was taken down by a former boss, I was ordered not to mix my blog with work stuff, so I keep it vague. I can talk about the stations I don't work for though. They all did a pretty good job this time of covering this event. We were expecting a Tsunami Drill on March 24th. I not sure if that will now be postponed since the drill we just had seemed to cover it all.

    Some took this more seriously than others but the fact that Japan had been hit by a 26 foot wall of water moving at 5 hundred miles per hour was not lost on my boss. He evacuated us at just after 7 am. Our studios sit across the mouth to Humboldt Bay at an elevation of about 25 feet. A certain country DJ with radio in his blood never left the studio though. Without call letters or last names: Thanks Rollin, Dana, Pete, Laurie, Deborah, Brendan, Victoria, Henry, Kelly, Rene and boss Mike for sending us up the hill before the expected arrival of the first waves. Also thanks to J.B. for skyping in from Washington.

    We dodged a bullet yesterday. We were somewhat prepared. We followed the plan. All but one of us in Humboldt made it through. This man was swept out to sea near the mouth of the Klamath River. A search for him has been suspended.

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  3. Our 'tsunami' is mild given the events of Japan's aftermath, Tom.

    News of Tokyo battling to avert a meltdown at three stricken reactors at the Fukushima plant in what is the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster is bewilderingly slim to none this morning with news agencies scarce in their reporting.

    Fears of a nuclear meltdown at present are very real and terrifying Japan-- and the world-- as we speak.

    Our local Times Standard newspaper was remarkably devoid mentioning this looming disaster today. Heraldo and Readers have astoundingly moved to discussing the Eureka City Council and marijuana dispensaries as the important topic du jour. Meanwhile, the biggest manmade disaster we've seen in the last 3 decades looms worldwide.

    950 miles from Sendai's quake's aftermath, southern Japan's Shinmoedake volcano is blowing its top off as seen here sending ash 4700 feet up into the sky, as reported by Kym Kemp in her article and surprising video link.

    Reports are slowly trickling in indicating the major earthquake hitting Japan may have triggered volcanoes in Russia and Indonesia as well. While these reports are still vague, there's a strong correlation between the two occurrences. In Russia, there are reports that earthquakes were felt during the eruption.

    Japan's Prime Minister Kan, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times report Japan is clearly "facing its worst crisis since WWII."

    Other reports indicate the earth has shifted a bit in its axis (yours truly finds this hard to believe, let alone measure) ...and Eureka Natural Foods sold out of their iodine tablets yesterday by noon.

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  4. Sorry it took me time to get back to blogging Skippy. I had to focus on my job and then sleep after 2 days doing it. Recent blogs do raise the alarm you were raising two days ago.
    Thanks for the links.

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