An 8.9 quake in Japan has spawned tsunami warnings for Hawaii and the entire Pacific coast of the US. Be safe if you’re in one of these areas at the moment and get to higher ground or move inland (“thanks Captain Obvious!”).

Here’s news video from Japan (h/t HAP) showing the tsunami there:

Meanwhile, beaches are being closed in California. In Hawaii, hotels are moving guests to higher floors. Hopefully these areas can somehow dodge the bullet.

Update: President Obama wins the “poor choice of words of the day” award for this.


9 Responses to “Tsunami Watch”

  1. VaGal on March 11th, 2011 12:04 pm

    This is so horrible. Prayers to victims in Japan. Hopefully additional loss of life will be avoided by these evacuations.

  2. Doug on March 11th, 2011 12:08 pm

    Right now they're saying 60 dead in Japan, but the videos I've seen look really devastating, so unfortunately that number is bound to get much worse.

  3. nannykins on March 11th, 2011 12:52 pm

    This is so awful – prayers to all in Japan.

    But while the world burns in Japan, Libyia, Saudia Arabia and our own US, Obama laments:

    Pathetic – just friggin pathetic!!!

  4. Marshall_Will on March 11th, 2011 1:24 pm

    "Meanwhile, beaches are being closed in California"

    If there's an impact on our WC, the only 'upside' I can see is that given the time of year, Lord willing there shouldn't be anyone out there to be exposed to the danger. Some 'upside' huh?

    Getting changed this AM I'd heard the body count was already estimated to be 300. Prayers to all.

  5. Marshall_Will on March 11th, 2011 1:35 pm

    Latest from Oregon:

    A 2 to 4 foot wave may not 'sound' like much on the OR Coast but a good many of our piers and wharves are Victorian-era. Updates as avail.

  6. Marshall_Will on March 11th, 2011 1:39 pm

    "Unfortunately for him and us, Barack Obama is president of the United States. That job brings with it certain special responsibilities. It’s a tough job—maybe tougher than being president of China. But Barack Obama ran for president of the United States. Maybe he should start behaving as one"

    Oh… oh, BHO is the 'only' person that wakes up wishing he was someone 'else' that day? ( God love Bill Kristol btw )

  7. SignPainterGuy on March 11th, 2011 3:31 pm

    Thanks lad, be safe.

    Stunned !

  8. SignPainterGuy on March 11th, 2011 3:33 pm

    We are so fortunate to live where we do !

    Prayers and hopes for all involved !

  9. SignPainterGuy on March 11th, 2011 3:40 pm

    I would offer to give Zero to China in payment for some of our debt, but they no doubt value him even less than we do ! Bummer !

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