Yes, the state of Hawaii is now under a tsunami warning. As of 10 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (half hour ago), Honolulu Civil Defense has sounded it's warning sirens and upgraded the tsunami watch to a tsunami warning for the Hawaiian islands.Tsunami warning buoys has sent readings to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach Honolulu Hawaii that the sea level in the Pacific has risen two to three feet with the surge heading towards the Hawaiian islands.
If the buoy readings hold true, Kauai will see the first wave at about 3 a.m. Friday morning which is about 5 hrs from now. The rest of the Hawaiian islands will see the waves a few minutes after Kauai. The stores and gas station here in Honolulu have been jammed packed with people stocking on supplies and filling their cars with gas. Has been like this for the past three and a half hours.
It was about nearly a year ago (Feb. 27, 2010) that the Hawaiian Islands was also under a tsunami warning when Chile had a massive earth quake. On that day the sirens sounded at 5 a.m. and it was wait and see nearly the entire day to see if there would be any large waves.
I hope nothing comes out of this warning tonight, but like last year we'll just have to wait and see. Now I better get prepared for the worst. So any other Head-Fier's from the Hawaiian Islands that live in the tsunami inundation zones, be prepared to leave and head for higher grounds. Pray and hope for the best as we wait and see.
Edited by warubozu - 3/11/11 at 1:34am