Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tsunami drill

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We had our first tsunami evacuation on Saturday night.  Luckily for us, since the earthquake occurred in Canada, we had over two hours to get ready and go.  (I've heard that if there's an earthquake on the big island, we'll have 15 minutes or less to evacuate.)

Thankfully, the tsunami turned out to be rather minimal--the highest surge was 2.5 feet on Maui, much less than expected.  So after camping out for a few hours on higher ground, we were able to go home.  It was a good drill for us--next time we hear the sirens we should be able to pack up and prepare quickly, since we've done it once before and know what to do!

Here's an animated model from NOAA of the tsunami propagation:


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