It is 3 AM. I can’t sleep so I decide to an hour of work.
As I open Google I see there is a “Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan”.
I open my office email and there is one from my Assistant Denise, who is vacationing with her husband in Hawaii.
She says in her email “There was a massive earthquake in Japan this evening. There is a tsunami warning for the islands. They have sounded the alarms in our area. We are in a low-lying area, Hilo has a history of massive tsunami destruction and our house is right on the water. We have packed up the Jeep and are just waiting for the Civil Defense to issue the evacuation order. We will evacuate to a town a few miles inland. If it is as serious as might be possible we may be coming home! The waves aren’t expected to hit until 2:59am, which is 7am your time. The event can last up to several hours. So, if everything goes as the models are predicting we may be out of touch for some time. But, if none of this really pans out and there is no damage to the house, everything should be back to normal tomorrow (Friday).
Don’t freak out, we’ll be totally fine. We just picked up the vehicle today so we have a full tank of gas. Plus, we had stopped at the grocery store on the way in (Thank gawd!) so we have food for the car, some fruit, juice, cans, granola bars, cheese, water.”
This is the nature of surprise weather patterns and this year there have been a lot of them. In the U.S. they have seen winter storms like never before.
Canada’s East Coast cannot seem to escape the angry weather gods.
Australia has had its floods and now another earthquake leading to another Tsunami.
Hopefully there has been enough warning to have all of the affected areas evacuated, but as often is the case, there will be poor people affected without doubt.
And once again tourists will be affected as well, thinking they were going for a couple of weeks of rest, are forced to scramble for cover like the rest of the population.
News teams from around the world will leave their current posts and scramble to the new weather blown areas so they can stand bending in the wind for the cameras demonstrating the power of nature.
Tourists will find a way to get home, while the local residents hope they can find a way to rebuild their lives out of the remnants of what is left of their homes and possessions.