Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami watch, vol. 3

2:40 HST

About 30 minutes until the tsunami hits the western-most of the Hawaiian islands, including Kaua'i. The latest estimates say that the tsunami is about three feet high out there in the open ocean, but it could be about six feet high when it hits the coast. According to Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam we're safe here in our housing and don't need to evacuate. Maybe I'm naive, but in this case I believe that the Navy has our best interest at heart and wouldn't put us at risk. They didn't move the ships out of Pearl Harbor so they must feel fairly confident that we should all be able to ride this out. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little nervous, but I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

Megan is still asleep upstairs. I'm glad she's managed to sleep through the warning sirens. (The windows are closed and the air conditioning on.) Zac has been asleep for a few hours as well, seeing as this will all probably pass with no complications and he'll be expected at work as usual tomorrow morning. His parents did call from Nebraska a couple of hours ago, just to check on us. We're fine. I think we'll all heave a big sigh of relief once this is all over with, however.

And I am soooooooooooooo looking forward to going to sleep too. This standing-watch-at-high-alert-thing is brutal.

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