You've all seen the horrific images from Japan. Unfathomable nightmare.
Many of you contacted me about my mom and stepdad on Maui (Spreckelsville - north shore) and I thank you so much for the love and concern. All is well and thankfully aside from some property damage and a few dead fish, life in Hawaii, post tsunami, seems to be fine.
When I heard that they had started the civil defense sirens I knew my mom would be up as there is one literally (and I'm using that word correctly) literally in their backyard. The state does monthly siren tests, always on the last day of the month at 11:45am. During the school year you would hear the distant wailing, but man! In the summertime when I was home it would scare the BEJESUS out of me because it is fricken' LOUD! Which is the point of course. They used to look like this one here, but I think the one in Sprecks is more modern.
If you've never heard one, click here and let that play at full blast on your computer. Then multiply that by whatever it takes so that you can't talk over it and put it in your back yard. Oh boy.
Gratefully, they work and they get you moving. It got my mom moving, she woke up to see what was going on, check how much time she had before they needed to go (about 5 hours), then slept for another hour or two (the sirens went off every hour) and then they loaded up the cat in the cat box, and drove up Baldwin Ave. to Doris Todd School's parking lot. They stayed a couple of hours, then worked their way back home (only about 3 miles total).
Mom took these pictures at her neighbor's house across the street (actually on the ocean).Water definitely came up, but luckily not high enough to reach the houses.
So even if water came farther, it would have still gone between these two houses and into the road, not into mom's house is it is about 8-10 above the road. See? (taken last summer)
There was never a concern for loss of life for us and a slim chance of the house getting hit. Making sure everyone was prepared and moving was the important thing.
So, now that I've had 4 hours of sleep (2.5 from 10:30 to 1am when Kurt woke me up, then 1.5 from about 4am after talking to my mom to when I got up to check the tidal surges on Maui at 6:30) and after the emergency pancakes (and bacon) we went to eat at Norm's, I am ready to face the day (nap will come later, I think).
The biggest activity on the docket is to refill that emergency kit! Fresh batteries, fresh food and water (for the pets too!) and make sure it's all fine. What with Indonesia, Chile, New Zealand (x2) and now Japan, it's feeling like California's turn again.