The massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on February 26, 2010 generated a tsunami, impacting the Hawaiian islands and other locations in the Pacific. Roads and businesses are closed and communities in inundation zones have been evacuated. I am watching the local news on television, all eyes on the rise and recession of coastal waters around the island chain.
Last night, as I was tending to my sick baby (more on that in a separate entry), I checked Twitter to find it buzzing with news of the tsunami watch, which was subsequently upgraded to a tsunami warning just past midnight. People tweeted about wee morning runs to 24-hour grocery stores for emergency supplies and gassing up vehicles in preparation for the emergency. Hubby woke up at 2am and I informed him of the devastating earthquake in Chile and the tsunami threat to Hawaii. He went to Safeway for emergency supplies: cases of bottled water, canned goods, and instant ramen. Our generator is standing by in case of a lengthy power outage.
As a testimony to the talent in the Twitterlulu, John Garcia leapt into action as soon as the news broke about the tsunami warning and established a website to consolidate information at http://www.hitsunami.info. Kaeo Kepani established a live video stream of local news coverage of the event for those who don’t have access to a television. The hashtag #hitsunami is trending on Twitter in case you’re interested in chatter about the tsunami in Hawaii on Twitter.
Prayers for the victims affected by the powerful earthquake and interceding for the safety of our Hawaiian islands.
Who is Champuru?Aloha, I'm Donna, known everywhere on the Internet as "Champuru." I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Christian. I'm married to my best friend of 18 years, we struggled with infertility and successfully conceived via IVF (and by the grace of God!) in 2008. I resigned from my coveted "secure" government job to be a work-at-home mom to my 3-year-old daughter. Using my degree in Information Technology and the skills obtained in the marketplace, I started my own business. Now, I work from home, taking clients on a part-time basis, working in my PJ's while the little one sleeps. Life isn't always easy, but it's all good.