So that tsunami warning got extended to the west coast not long after that M4.5 on the Big Island. Still thinking there’s not gonna be a tsunami? It also occurs to me that some people don’t know that a tsunami is a series of waves and not just one big wave. Just putting it out there.
The earthquake that hit Japan is nothing short of a disaster and has left a great deal of devastation in its wake. Tonight, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Japan and surrounding countries that also felt the effect of this natural disaster.
My heart also goes out to those back home in Hawaii. I know some of you don’t believe there’s really going to be a tsunami, but let me try to give you some perspective on this. Chile is twice as far away from Hawaii as Japan, and the quake there was M6.9 (we did get a little bit of an effect from that). Japan just had an M8.9 earthquake. Since the plate boundaries in Japan fall under the “convergent subduction” category, that means one plate is moving under another, creating strains as well as changing the terrain in the area. A sudden shift because of strains built up in the plates can not only cause earthquakes and contribute to volcanic activity but also drastically change the ocean floor surface, causing tsunamis. Whether or not you believe there’s going to be a tsunami, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe ♥