Probably my last update on this for those keeping track. Hawaii’s governor just announced that they are lifting the tsunami warning, lowering the status to an advisory.
This means that everyone who evacuated is OK to go home, but beaches and harbors remain closed as there are still surges happening.
Glad you guys are OK.
Looks like Lilo was having fun with tourists again overnight.
OK, I think I can relax now. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says that there have been four waves so far, and the largest wave so far has been five feet from peak to trough (2½ feet above normal sea level), in Kahului.
PTWC spokesman Gerard Fryer said that it’s starting to look like the evacuation may not have been needed, but they will not be calling it off just yet because it was called off too early after the Japan quake.
Definitely better safe than sorry when it comes to a tsunami, and the all-clear has not yet been given, but it looks like Hawaii is safe.
Hawaii News Now (KHNL) is reporting that water at Hilo Bay (marked in the map below) has dropped significantly, to where boats are resting on the sand instead of floating.
So nothing major has happened yet but if the water has dropped, it’s feeding a wave that’s coming in.
If you’re watching my blog to get the latest (instead of watching Hawaii News Now, which will be more up-to-date than I am), then just know that no news is good news. If I’m not posting anything about the tsunami, that means that nothing terrible has happened.
There will be no more sirens, and the police are pulling out of coastal areas for their own safety. If you’re there, you’re on your own until the all clear.