BREAKING: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Issues Tsunami Advisory For Hawaii Following Chilean 8.2 Quake

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At 5:46pm the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami advisory for Hawaii, following a massive 8.2 earthquake earlier today off the coast of Chile. Here's the meat of the Advisory: BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER... SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Massive Chilean Quake May Pose Tsunami Risk To Hawaii

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UPDATE, 3:40pm HST: The Maui News is reporting that disaster officials are still evaluating the tsunami threat to Hawaii and hope to announce their report by 5pm. PREVIOUS STORY: At 1:47pm Hawaii time, an 8.2 earthquake struck Chile, about 62 miles off the coast of Iquique, according to the most recent Pacific Tsunami Warning Center report available. A tsunami warning and watch immediately went into effect for the South American nations … [Read more...]

2012 MauiTime Year In Review

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So much for the world not ending last week. I know. What a bummer. Can you think of a better way to fix climate change, the rise of dangerous fungi and antibiotic resistant bacteria, soul-crushing poverty, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, the ruinous drug war, Michael Bay movies, government debt, ocean acidification, avian flu, school shootings, traffic fatalities, targeted drone assassinations, Katy Perry songs, corporate crime, garbage … [Read more...]

While Hurricane Sandy Batters East Coast, We Take Stock Of Another Hawaii Tsunami Doomsday Fakeout

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As I write these words, Hurricane Sandy–one of the largest storms ever recorded in the North Atlantic–has begun to batter the east coast of the U.S. Atlantic City is flooded and Manhattan is essentially closed for business. The storm’s death toll in the Caribbean is 66, and it’s currently affecting an estimated 50 million people across the U.S. Kinda puts Saturday night’s little tsunami scare into perspective, right? Of course, none of us knew … [Read more...]

Aloha Initiative helps Japanese Tsunami Survivors with Vacations to Hawaii

  For Japanese tsunami survivors, a little Maui sunshine and R&R could be just what the doctor ordered. But when your home has been destroyed, your work environment and way to make a living washed away, to say nothing of family and friends getting killed, showing up at the Red Cross to ask for a Hawaii Vacation could be out of the question. Aloha Initiative, a program led by the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, is filling hearts … [Read more...]

Maui Tsunami 2011: Numbers, Pictures & Stories

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March 10 started—and nearly ended—like any other day in Hawaii. It was already dark and many had gone home for the evening when the word came in: a massive earthquake had rocked the ocean floor off the coast of Japan and sent a tsunami cascading across the country’s northeastern region. And, officials cautioned, the rest of the Pacific was at risk. We’d been through this before, most recently last February when an 8.8 temblor shook Chile and … [Read more...]

Text Donations to the Red Cross, Help Japan Tsunami Victims

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As the extent of the devastation is revealed, and the crisis continues, it's time for everyone to help. Here's a quick, simple way: text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to the tsunami relief effort. Here's a link to more info. … [Read more...]

Lahaina Harbor when I got back to land (via @joewouldgo @plantawish)

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Yep, boats sure got messed up in Lahaina during #HITsunami 2011. I wonder what the shipwreck looks like when you walk the sea wall? Hoping to scope out Lahaina for myself. Posted via email from jenrusso's posterous … [Read more...]

Late in the Day: 2pm Tsunami Surge Kahului Harbor – #HITsunami

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via flickr.com All the kids were out on the reef around 2:30 pm then all of a sudden the water came back in. this all happened within a 15 min period. The ocean is still acting strange. Posted via email from jenrusso's posterous … [Read more...]

PHOTO: Lahaina Harbor damage (via Duane F. via @jodyyoshida)

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Lahaina Harbor's dock is thrashed. Posted via email from jenrusso's posterous … [Read more...]