March 12th, 2011

golden gate bridge, san francisco

My Day in a Tsunami Warning Zone

I was having a peaceful evening at home, reading things on the internet and Twitter, getting ready for bed. Suddenly, @tiger (college buddy of [personal profile] jd, roommate of pyrogenic when in SF) said: "Wow, this earthquake is even crazier than last time." She is in Tokyo, which is 300 km from Sendai, which is the city closest to the offshore epicenter of the quake. She continued tweeting throughout the shaking, which went on and on. More reports started flooding in.

The casualty report from the quake seemed mercifully light, and there was a retweet going around about the thanks due to Japan's engineers and building codes. Then the tsunami hit. Horrible.

I live very close to the coast in California, by which I mean that if I rolled a cheese down the hill, I could just about see it plonk in the ocean. Any event that involves the upset of the Pacific Ocean is likely to be of keen practical interest to me, because I need to know whether I am going to need to hightail it to higher ground or not. My building is on a hill, but there is always the possibility that the access road could become swamped, or be destroyed. The NOAA report said that the waves would be reaching us just after 8am.

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I'm back home. No damage that I could see in the dark. Since my computer was already off, I took the time to dust the cables (again), so my DVD drive is being recognized again, so maybe I can watch Inception soon. My father emailed me and praised me for heading to high ground promptly and as a first reaction.

Currently I'm catching up on internet, and fretting about the reactors that are having a bad time. But I'm safe, and the tsunami warning for my area was a blessed anticlimax.

A rundown of the whole thing so far on Wikipedia, drawing from multiple sources.

[personal profile] azuire has a roundup as well:

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