Hawaii prepared itself for the worst on Friday, March 11, 2011 in the wake of the catastrophic 9.0 mega-earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan. We were on alert for a tsunami that was on its way to the islands. Residents in inundation areas were evacuated and people topped off the gas tanks in their cars and emptied store shelves of necessities like bottled water, batteries, and bread. Everyone was glued to the television, radio and internet for the latest news and many of us stayed up into the wee hours of the morning as the tsunami was expected to hit Hawaii shortly after 3am on Saturday morning.
With images of the devastation in Japan fresh on my mind, I stayed up until 4am that morning to see what nature would bring to our shores. The tsunami was not nearly as powerful as the one that swept through Japan, and although there was some property damage, Hawaii was very fortunate not to suffer any loss of life. I don’t think I have ever felt as close to the edge of disaster as I did that night.
The calamity in Japan seems closer to home since I have visited there numerous times and love the locale and people so much. I can’t stop thinking about it. Hubby has relatives in Japan and we found out that they are fine. I have a friends in Japan who are shaken, but safe.
Please keep the people of Japan in your prayers and do something tangible to help. You can make a $10 donation using your mobile phone texting REDCROSS to 90999. (The donation will be billed to your mobile account.) There are other ways to donate, but please be ensure that the organization is legitimate. Unfortunately, scammers are quick to take advantage of the kind hearts and open wallets of people during times of tragedy.