Here are the basics: 8.9 earthquake off Japan. 1st tsunami could hit Hawaii at 3:07 a.m.
LEAVE ALL COASTAL EVACUATION ZONES IMMEDIATELY. REFER TO HAWAIIAN TELECOM OR PARADISE PAGES FOR EVACUATION MAPS.
Hawaii just had a 4.5 Magnitude earthquake off Big Island few minutes ago.
Again, Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific are bracing for a destructive tsunami after a massive earthquake struck in Japan.Tsunami sirens were sounded and coastal areas were being
evacuated in Hawaii, where the first waves were expected to hit at
3 a.m. Friday.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center widened its
tsunami warning beyond East Asia late Thursday to include Hawaii,
Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central and South America and
the rest of the Pacific Ocean.
A lesser tsunami watch was issued for the entire western coast
of the United States and Canada from the Mexican border to Chignik
Bay in Alaska.
Kauai shelters: North shore: Kīlauea Elementary
· East side: Kapa‘a Elementary and Kapa‘a Middle Schools
· Central: King Kaumuali‘i Elementary, Wilcox Elementary, Kaua'i High School and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
· West: 'Ele'ele Elementary and Waimea High School
On Oahu: McCully District Park Not Available as a Refuge Center go to Manoa District Park
If you are in a high building or if you are outside of the evacuation zones, officials said you will be safe.
reports of long lines at gas stations around state
Tsunami warning expands to entire US West Coast
following massive Japan earthquake
Japan says a number of people have been killed in a
massive, magnitude 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami. The
13-foot tsunami swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris
miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake are burning out of
control up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery.
some airplanes diverted from flights to Hawaii.
streets and most beaches are empty.
With a tsunami warning in effect, Hawaiian Electric Company is making preparations to respond to the potential impact to the electric system and coordinating efforts with other emergency response agencies. These actions are underway:
• Ensuring fuel supplies for generation, including emergency generation, are topped off;
• Securing Hawaiian Electric facilities, making sure employees and equipment are safe.
In addition, Hawaiian Electric urges customers to take the following precautions, as appropriate:
• Make sure you have a battery-powered radio on hand to listen for updates on the tsunami.
• Double check your emergency equipment at home such as flashlights, radios, cell phones and other battery-powered equipment to be sure they are operational.
• If your home or business is in an inundation zone, turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment before you leave, especially sensitive electronics. In the event of an outage, this will help prevent damage to the equipment from surges when power is restored.
• If someone in your home is dependent on electric powered, life sustaining medical equipment, check backup facilities. Plan where to go should the need for evacuation occur, and remember to take your equipment, medicine and/or supplies with you.
• Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings. If power goes out, this will keep food fresher longer.
• If you plan to use a portable generator, make sure it is placed in a well ventilated area (preferably outside) and be sure to carefully follow all instructions in the manufacturer’s manual. As a general rule, do not plug portable generators into household outlets. Doing so could cause electricity to backflow into power lines endangering the public and Hawaiian Electric workers who may be working to restore power. Electric appliances should be plugged directly into the generator using heavy duty extension cords. Make sure the wattage of the appliances you are using does not exceed the capacity of your generator.
• Keep cash on hand. If power outages do occur, you may not be able to withdraw cash from banks or ATMs.
Electrical safety advice
• Do NOT approach downed utility lines or touch fallen or low hanging wires, nor anything they may be in contact with. As a precaution, assume that all cables and lines may still be energized, regardless of whether they are power lines or telephone or cable television lines
• Stay away from downed lines. Warn others to stay away. Call Hawaiian Electric Company’s Trouble Line at 548-7961 or dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.
• Check local media and/or tune in to radio stations for important reports from local officials and additional safety and status reports from Hawaiian Electric Company.
• Keep telephone lines clear for police and other emergency services. Call Hawaiian Electric Company only to report downed sparking power lines or unsafe electrical equipment. Key numbers to note:
1. Customer Service inquiries: 548-7311
2. Trouble Line: 548-7961
3. Emergency: 9-1-1
Many boats setting sail except Navy ships in Pearl Harbor. Officials say Pearl Harbor will be safe and protected.
commercial boat company Hawaii yachts plan to go out with its tourists to wait out the tsunami
Star of Honolulu left already.
Kamehameha Schools and offices closed on Friday.
SAINT FRANCIS PRIVATE SCHOOL CLOSED - OAHU
KUALAPUU CHARTER SCHOOL - MOLOKAI
ST. LOUIS SCHOOL- OAHU
KAILUA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY-CLOSED
WAOLANI JUDD NAZARENE ACADEMY- OAHU
ALL KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS CLOSED, THIS INCLUDES BIG ISLAND, MAUI, AND OAHU
ALL KAMEHAMEHA OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED
LE-JARDIN ACADEMY IN KILAUEA-JUNIOR AND MAIN CAMPUS CLOSED
here's an update list from Kauai on shelters: North shore: Kīlauea Elementary, Kilauea Neighborhood Center
Eastside: Kapa‘a Elementary, Kapa‘a Middle and Kapaa High Schools
Central: King Kaumuali‘i Elementary, Wilcox Elementary, Kaua'i High School, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Lihue Neighborhood Center
South: Kalaheo Neighborhood Center
West: 'Ele'ele Elementary, Waimea High School
All Kaiser clinics on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu are closed. Moanalua Medical Center and Clinic will be open only for urgent care and emergencies.
From Hawaiian Air: Hawaiian Airlines Flight 457 is enroute to Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and is expected to land there as scheduled at approximately 10:05pm Tokyo time. Haneda is open and operational.
Hawaiian Flight 466 from Pago Pago, American Samoa to Honolulu departed at 10:21pm local time March 10 and is scheduled to arrive at 5:46am.
Hawaiian Flight 17 from Las Vegas to Honolulu departed at 1:49am local time and is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu at 6:21am.
From Maui: The Department of Education has officially announced the closure of all schools tomorrow.
Governor Neil Abercrombie made the following statement from the State Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center:
“Residents should take this tsunami warning seriously. All state and county agencies and law enforcement are doing what needs to be done to ensure public safety.
“This is a time to be sensible and act with aloha. Please be mindful of your neighbors, especially for the elderly who may need kokua at this time. If you are in a tsunami inundation zone, please make your way to higher ground or go to your nearest shelter.”
From DOE: NOTE: Friday, March 11, 2011 -DOE public schools and Multi-track schools* will be closed.
(*Multi-track schools were originally scheduled to be open on March 11.)
The Maui Police Department announced the following road closures, not listing all the connect up roadways
Waiehu beach road, lower Waiehu beach road to Kahekili highway
Kahului beach road from Kaahumanu to Hookahi
Amala place at Hobron
Keolani Place at Dairy Road and Haleakala Extension
Haleakala @ Kala and Hana highway
Hana highway from Haleakala to Holomua road
Manele highway @ Hulopoe
Kaumalapau highway @ MP 3
All costal roadways evacuated and monitored
Honoapiilani from Puamana park to Maalaea Harbor
All other costal roadways evacuated and monitored
Maunaloa Highway @ Industrial park to Kamehameha V Highway @ Iliahi Drive
North Kihei Road from Honoapiilani highway
South Kihei Road from North Kihei Road
Makena Alanui Road
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle says evacuations going well.
from Maui County: No road closures for Molokai at this time. At 0130 we will close Kam V Highway, at Kawela I. Next is at the Industrial area, which will close down Maunaloa Highway. We will also close Maunaloa at Kalae Highway. Lastly, we will have 2 officers roving in town area.
From Maui County: Road down to Keomuku (north side of the Island) is closed.
Road to Kamalapau Highway is closed.
Road to Manele Bay is presently open as hotel is still operating shuttle services to the City from the hotel. No traffic is being allowed down….only buses.
All roads will be closed to all traffic at 0130 hours as ordered in previous email.
Midway Island sees a tsunami wave that measured 2.5 meters
that is from the National Weather Service
Foreign language radio stations KZOO 1210 AM, KNDI 1270 AM, and KREA 1540 AM are currently broadcasting Tsunami WARNING information in Japanese (KZOO), Samoan (KNDI), Marshallese (KNDI), Visayan (KNDI), Tagalog (KNDI), Cantonese (KNDI), and Korean (KREA) .
Readings at Midway 1.5 m above sealevel. 2.5 m below.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says they expect there to be an impact in Hawaii.
Iolani School closed Friday
Hawaii Technology Academy Public Charter School is closed Friday.
Still looking at 3:07 for first wave on Kauai.
The Hawaii State Department of Health has provided the following update:
Hospital Emergency Departments are reporting that many people who do not have acute medical problems are arriving at hospitals to seek shelter from the approaching tsunami. The influx of people is straining resources needed to take care of people with medical emergencies.
All UH campus classes canceled.
We're a couple of minutes away from the first wave.
CALIFORNIA: U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Levi Read told me Coast Guard personnel in California may go to Hawaii and Guam to help residents affected by the tsunami.