... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...
A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
JAPAN / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / N. MARIANAS
A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR
GUAM / WAKE IS. / TAIWAN / YAP / PHILIPPINES / MARSHALL IS. /
BELAU / MIDWAY IS. / POHNPEI / CHUUK / KOSRAE / INDONESIA /
PAPUA NEW GUINEA / NAURU / HAWAII
I'm just watching it on breakfast TV. Huge Chemical plants ablaze an airport in ruins and well what appears to be some large factories being washed over by water and debris (not sure on the last bit, but that's what it looks like.
Tsunami (sp) warnings are as wide spread as Russia, Australia and The West Coast of the US. The Tsunami is due to hit the Phillippines about now. I know we get frustrated at times with things in this country, but we at least don't suffer such terrible natural disasters.
Well, if you are in Japan, I hope you can swim. The video coverage on the BBC show scenes of complete devastation. There's coverage of what look like fairly sizable ships being carried considerable distances inland by the water. I hope the casualties are minimal but it looks extremely serious.
If that's the case, then a lot of people are going to die. After the last one, there was a report about an Australian yacht which was in deep water when the wave passed under them. The water level only rose about 6" in the 20mins that the wave took to pass. The real problems started when the wave 'ran aground' in shallower water and had nowhere to go but ashore.
I'm at home today and have Sky News on. They have cut across to one of their reporters in Hawaii. You can hear the sirens and see lots of traffic clogging up the roads in the middle of the night as they try to flee. Tourists are being advised to return to their hotels and stay above the 3rd floor.
This earthquake is 1000 times more powerful at it's epicenter than the one that hit Christchurch last month.
On the BBC website they have a clip of the wave coming ashore. You can clealy see cars moving along the roads which are being cut of in both directions. There is no way the people in those cars can survive, when large lorries and even houses are being swept away. You could clearly see the wave moving some very large buildings. I suspect if that wave was coming towards you, whether you were religous or not, you would be praying to every god that there is or has ever been.