Update On Japan Quake, Tsunami

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Last night, when I tried to add updated news to this post, wordpress went mad on me. The format got all weird; links to news sources disappeared.
After nearly an hour trying to fix and re-fix the recurring problems -- but to no avail -- I gave up and began a whole new post, "Update on Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Disaster," to replace this one.
Please go HERE for the update...and please pray for and donate to help the beleaguered people of Japan in their time of greatest need.
From our beloved fellow Joseph, who sent this to me despite his severe shoulder injury.


28 minutes ago by Thomson Reuters, OAKLAND, Calif., March 11 (Reuters)

In the Mexican city of Mazatlan, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, shops were shutting in the central business district and the coastal road was closed to cars ahead of the expected arrival of waves up to 9 feet (3 metres) high around 1900 GMT. Some coastal communities were being evacuated. (For a FACTBOX on the tsunami around the Americas, see and for full coverage of the quake and tsunami see ) (Additional reporting by Suzanne Roig and Jorene Barut in Honolulu, Peter Henderson in San Francisco and Simon Gardner in Santiago; writing by Steve Gorman and Frances Kerry; editing by Anthony Boadle).
* Tsunami could reach 6 feet in California
* Evacuations possible in California, advised in Oregon
* Hawaii and Guam residents told to leave coastal areas
* Warning extended to Northern California and Oregon
OAKLAND, Calif., March 11 (Reuters) – Residents in parts of northern California evacuated their homes on Friday as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan bore down on the U.S. and Canadian west coast.
The tsunami could reach 6 feet (2 metres) when it hits parts of the northern California coast, a state emergency agency spokesman said.
Authorities in Oregon advised coastal residents to evacuate and schools were to be closed along the coast.
Canada issued tsunami advisories for parts of British Columbia. The government said it believed a low-level tsunami had been generated that could affect buildings on the coast or create strong currents in harbors and isolated coastal areas. Local governments were advised to immediately evacuate marinas, beaches and other areas below the normal high tide mark.
The massive 8.9 magnitude quake in Japan triggered tsunami warnings for most of the Pacific basin. Advisories or warnings were in effect from Canada all the way down the Pacific coast of South America.
In Hawaii, the first tsunami waves steadily rose over southern beaches on the island of Oahu, but there were no initial reports of damage.
In California, people evacuated parts of the north of the state most likely to be hit by big waves.
“There are some evacuations going on in Del Norte and San Mateo,” counties, said Jordan Scott, a spokesman for the California Emergency Management Agency. He did not have details of how many people were leaving their homes. Del Norte is the northernmost California coastal county, while San Mateo is the county just south of San Francisco that includes much of Silicon Valley. However, the technology center is well inland.
In Hawaii, some 3,800 miles (6,200 km) from Japan, the main airports on at least three of the major islands — Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii — were shut down as a precaution, and the U.S. Navy ordered all warships in Pearl Harbor to remain in port to support rescue missions as needed. Civil defense officials ordered all Hawaiian coastal areas evacuated by 2 a.m. local time, about 90 minutes before the first wave reached the islands at about 8:30 a.m. EST/1330 GMT. The Hawaii evacuation zone included the famous Waikiki Beach, the main hotel and tourist hub in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Civil defense sirens blared statewide, starting shortly before 10 p.m. local time, and police with bullhorns urged residents near shore to higher ground. Authorities also walked the beaches to awaken homeless people. Lines for gasoline stretched for blocks, and people rushed to stores to stock up on emergency supplies and water. Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki were packed with motorists trying to leave for higher ground and for shelters set up by the state.
Authorities also ordered evacuations from low-lying areas on the U.S. island territory of Guam in the western Pacific, but the tsunami warning there was lifted several hours later and roads there were reopened.
President Barack Obama, a native of Hawaii, was notified of the massive Japanese quake at 4 a.m./0900 GMT and instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be prepared to affected U.S. states and territories, the White House said.
The quake off Japan’s northeast coast was the biggest in 140 years and triggered tsunami waves of up to 30 feet (10 metres) that swept across farmland, carrying away homes, crops, vehicles and triggering fires.
On Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the South Pacific, authorities planned to move residents to higher ground, in preparation for a possible tsunami on Friday afternoon. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, whose country was hit by a devastating 8.8 magnitude quake and ensuing tsunamis that killed more than 500 people a year ago, called on Chileans to remain alert, but to continue with their daily routines. Peruvian officials said they were waiting until late afternoon to decide if they would order evacuations from low-lying coastal areas such as the port city of Callao. Any tsunami waves were forecast to first hit Peru in the northern city of Tumbes, near the border with Ecuador, around 5:30 pm local time (2230 GMT), and arrive in Lima two hours later. Any evacuations would be ordered about two hours before the arrival of the waves, officials said.
At the popular Punta Roquitas surfbreak in Peru’s capital of Lima, Gabriel Aramburu, 32, a professional surfer, was one of a dozen people suiting up for a morning session. “For there to be a tsunami the sea water has to suck out and pull back first. If that happens, we’ll paddle into shore and leave,” he said.

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9 years ago

“…I am the Lord, there is no other; I make the light, I create darkness, author alike of prosperity and trouble. I, the Lord, do all these things.” Isaiah 45: 6-7.
Friends, in these immense, solemn, and awe-inspiring events, let us live in Him who is Life to us, to better serve those less fortunate than ourselves. There is That of God in everyone, and we know this most in perilous times, when we are called to serve however and as best we can.

9 years ago

No one has mentioned Alaska this morning. A first tsunami reached the Aleutians Islands frist thing this morning. The lower 48 news people have a tendency to treat Alaska the same way it did after Alaska was bought from the Russians, like an ugly step child. I now live int he lower 58, but spent 3 years in Alaska, and people are still treating Alaska as though it doesn’t still doesn’t matter.

9 years ago

oops I meant the lower 48, not 58. LOL does this sound reminiscent of Obama’s slip by saying he had not visited all 57 states? heehee oops my bad

9 years ago

Many, many thanks to WW Eowyn, for an amazing feat, putting my early news release into an interactive, meaningful, and useful setting. You are one VERY talented and capable child of God!

9 years ago

Woman Warrior, no?
I confess: I got it from Steve….

9 years ago

Somehow, saying I’m praying for them seems to inadequate, but it’s what I’m able to give. May God bless them, and may He inspire and aid those who are able to give more.

9 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Thank you, Judy, for your perfect response to this immense unravelling of our lives. Today I listened to several CBC interviews w/the stricken, as well as heard a CBC broadcaster FINALLY get through to her oldest daughter, who is a teacher in the heart of the stricken area. The emotion was profound, as is their concern for the many hundreds of disappeared and unaccounted for during the first night. Morning has begun there, and it is obvious the fatalities will be more than a thousand, no one really knows yet. Fortunately the country has both the wherewithal and resources to… Read more »