2009 Huge Tsunami in Sāmoa Generates a Small Tsunami in Hawaiʻi
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Samoan communities devastated by this tsunami.
Here on the Big Island, a Tsunami Watch was issued immediately after the earthquake. Once scientists had determined that Hawaiʻi would not be hit by a large tsunami, the Watch was cancelled. In anticipation of large wave surges, however, Civil Defense wisely closed all beach parks on the island, and County workers efficiently coned off the beach areas.
By mid-afternoon, wave surges began to arrive. In Kona, Captain Kurt Bell of the Fair Wind was at the Keauhou Boat Harbor, and shot a sequence of amazing photos as the surge rushed in over the cement dock.
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