The Japanese Tsunami and the Hawaiian Islands

 

The islands of Hawaii faced the Japanese Tsunami just hours before the West Coast of California did.  The damage was serious but not devastating.  Though the owners of this small home pictured here might disagree. The Washington Examiner has a good description of what happened.

On the western shore of Hilo, firefighters spotted a floating home in Kealakekua Bay and seven others damaged by at least one large wave, said Quince Mento with the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency. Buildings 11 miles north in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii also suffered extensive damage.

Mento said the bay is not very populated and he didn’t know the exact size of the single-family structure — nor if it was still floating in the bay or had gone to sea.

 

Photo from here.

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5 comments

  • Sydney Setterlund

    Thanks, Kym, for keeping us so up-to-date. Great reporting! Keep up the good word.

    I have a niece who is stationed on a military base in Japan, fortunately quite a way from the epicenter. I was really worried about her until I heard that; however, now there are reports of nuclear meltdowns and I’m back to anxious as hell!

    • That is scary. I hope she’ll be alright. In fact, I think we all on to join in hoping the meltdowns don’t occur. The whole world will be in a mess if they do.

  • Thanks for carrying the news, Kym.

    Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power plant explosion is the biggest news of today. Folks on the West Coast would best be served by staying tuned to the news of this disaster. The potential of nuclear fallout carried to the atmospheric prevailing winds is very rare but still real. Some reports indicate this danger is decreasing.

    From Voice of America:

    “Officials say a blast at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility destroyed an exterior wall, not the reactor. A radiation leak is decreasing, despite meltdown fears.

    VOA reporters close to the Fukushima nuclear plant say aftershocks are still rocking the area, more than 24 hours after the original 8.9-magnitude jolt and tsunami. After a serious explosion destroyed one of the Fukushima plant’s nuclear reactor buildings earlier Saturday, authorities called on all residents to move at least 20 kilometers away from the facility.

    The explosion north of Tokyo did not damage the reactor’s spherical metal containment vessel, and that the reactor’s internal pressure decreased after the blast. Pressure in the reactor built to dangerous levels after the earthquake knocked out power to essential cooling systems, greatly increasing the risk of a possible release of radioactive particles and gases earlier. Another nuclear plant near Fukushima also has been shut down due to a cooling-system failure.”

    Other local tsunami news carried by the Times-Standard wire this morning:

    Thadeus Greenson’s report, “Tsunami ‘Destroyed’ Crescent City Harbor” is found here.

    Donna Tam’s report, “Tsunami Take Toll on North Coast; Hundreds Evacuated– Governor Brown Declares Emergency” can also be found here, too.

    Ongoing discussion and updates also carried at Heraldo’s site.

    Stay tuned, people. The world is rocking and rolling today.

  • Thanks for carrying the news, Kym.

    Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power plant explosion is the biggest news of today. Folks on the West Coast would best be served by staying tuned to the news of this disaster. The potential of nuclear fallout carried to the atmospheric prevailing winds is very rare but still real. Some reports indicate this danger is decreasing.

    From Voice of America:

    “Officials say a blast at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility destroyed an exterior wall, not the reactor. A radiation leak is decreasing, despite meltdown fears.

    VOA reporters close to the Fukushima nuclear plant say aftershocks are still rocking the area, more than 24 hours after the original 8.9-magnitude jolt and tsunami. After a serious explosion destroyed one of the Fukushima plant’s nuclear reactor buildings earlier Saturday, authorities called on all residents to move at least 20 kilometers away from the facility.

    The explosion north of Tokyo did not damage the reactor’s spherical metal containment vessel, and that the reactor’s internal pressure decreased after the blast. Pressure in the reactor built to dangerous levels after the earthquake knocked out power to essential cooling systems, greatly increasing the risk of a possible release of radioactive particles and gases earlier. Another nuclear plant near Fukushima also has been shut down due to a cooling-system failure.”

    Other local tsunami news carried by the Times-Standard wire this morning:

    Thadeus Greenson’s report, “Tsunami ‘Destroyed’ Crescent City Harbor” is found here.

    Donna Tam’s report, “Tsunami Take Toll on North Coast; Hundreds Evacuated– Governor Brown Declares Emergency” can also be found here, too.

    Ongoing discussion and updates also carried at Heraldo’s site.

    Stay tuned, people. The world is rocking and rolling today.

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