Japan was swallowed by water in the resulting tsunami after being hit by the one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in over 140 years. The quake was measured at 8.9 by the U.S. Geological Service. One town, Karihara, Japan was reported to be totally destroyed a couple hours after the reports began. There were over 19 aftershocks in Japan and it is not over yet. Waves were over 23 feet high.
Tsunami watches and warnings began during the night for the entire Pacific Basin. Hawaii was first to have their Tsunami Watch turn into a Warning around 4 a.m. CST. A half hour later, the entire West Coast was upgraded to a Warning. Reporters were saying that waves could be about 9 feet high when they hit Hawaii. The same energy flow was then headed in a diagonal direction toward California, Oregon, Alaska and Washington. Early reporting had the tsunami hitting the San Francisco area at 7:30 a.m PST. Later on the time was moved to 8:28 a.m.
Watching the tsunami overtake the beaches, highways, homes, land, waterways, was incredible. The force of the water picked up huge ships, vessels, cars, homes and transported them across miles. Anything in the way of this force was destroyed. The devastation won’t be known for days or weeks, but the deadly waves have shown the true force of Mother Nature.
The West Coast is hunkered down awaiting the arrival of the tsunami and the resulting waves.
We pray for the people of Japan and for those living in Hawaii and our own West Coast States.