Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tsunami advisory issued for Hawaii

what's with all these earthquakes recently, at least, the larger than normal ones in the Pacific? " If a tsunami was generated the first waves would not reach Hawaii until 6:50 p.m."

*Tsunami watch for Hawaii canceled

however, when's the next earthquake that might trigger a tidal wave? The reason that I pose the question is that I happen to park my 2 motorbikes in my apartment building's basement garage and at the moment they're not hermetically sealed off against severe flooding resulting from a sustained rise in the ocean level, and other seemingly unrelated things like these that a tsunami watch brings to mind. The Ala Wai canal that I live adjacent to, which empties into the ocean nearby, would overflow it's banks too after a slight delay, so I'll get hit by rising tides from both sides. Yeah, I could simply plug the exhaust pipes and carburetor ports on my bikes, batten down the hatches, so to speak. However, should I keep them plugged under the trepidation that the "next" earthquake might occur with more frequency? Meanwhile, hotels in Waikiki, on beach front property, and within the outline of a tsunami's inundation zone, are built on stilts to allow a tidal surge to flow through their basements as opposed to weathering the brunt of a giant wave like an inadvertant break water. That said, most storefronts and Jack-in-the-Box's in Waikiki town ply their trade on ground level, and they musta been holding their okoles with the latest tsunami warning.

4 comments:

Rowena... said...

Yeah I bet they were, but I was more worried for the residents at Honolulu Zoo.

RONW said...

Rowena- they have a noah's ark for the animals at the zoo. Seriously, though, the thought of tigers running around free is kinda scary. Their cages are open on the top. Hey, wish that I had thought about the Waikiki zoo before posting.

Brad Farless said...

I was wondering what was going on myself. Weren't there 6 total earthquakes in the Pacific? We could even feel slight vibrations in Singapore again. Asia is getting hammered this Fall...

RONW said...

Brad- They said that a major earthquake causes other plates to release tension. Which might be better that way than waiting for a severe buildup at the affected plate junctions.