The biggest news I expected to involved with today (Friday, March 11) was being part of the hundreds of thousands of people who queue up at an Apple Store to buy an iPad 2. That, unfortunately, is not the case.
By now you’ve probably heard, seen, or read about the mega-earthquake (that’s its official category designation) that struck Northern Japan hours ago. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those affected and especially to those that lost colleagues, friends and loved ones.
The 8.9 earthquake is sending tsunami waves throughout the Pacific Rim. And, we’re waiting to see how bad (or, hopefully, not) it is here in Hawaii. As I write this, we are about 30 minutes away from the first expected wave that’s been traveling across the Pacific Oceean from Japan. I’m not expecting to be personally affected with the possible exception of loss of electricity. But, just in case, I’ve got a bunch of mobile devices ready to roll to record what I see and hear (along with food, water, pet supplies, clothing, etc.).
When today ends, I hope this all turns out to be a non-event here. If that’s the case I want a t-shirt that reads: Hawaii Tsunami 2011: All I got was this lousy t-shirt & an iPad 2!
See you all on the other side of this event!
P.S. If you’ve never heard a tsunami warning siren, check out the video I embedded above. I walked outside when the first siren went off at 10pm to record it with an iPhone 4.