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April 4, 2011

Tsunami Ripple Effects

We avoided a fiasco when the tsunami spared us to a great extent almost a month ago. While boats were moved and Kona and parts of Maui and Molokai were inundated with water, the reality is that things sure could have been a lot worse. Just ask California, which got hit hours after we were pretty much spared.

But hearing recent reports about wave levels and near calamity on Oahu and elsewhere reminds me that the basic sense that the phone book will provide us the absolute safety limits, or that being on the 4th floor or higher of a beachfront property should be OK when a three-mile wall of water comes through just doesn't sound like common sense to me. I know someone who lives one house in from the supposed evacuation zone. Really? So the guy across the street should be safe but this guy's not gonna be OK if the big one hits due to being 100-feet on the wrong side? Sounds fishy to me, literally.

After watching boats end up three-miles inland from their placid harbor setting in Japan, I think we need to seriously reassess structures and maps and maybe take another look at a really safe zone that might be further inland or higher up. Suggesting that someone is "safe" because they live 100-feet on the good side of the evacuation zone is not all that reassuring after what we saw in Japan and since the basis models just might be underestimating nature's whim the next time around. Talk about rather being safe than sorry... think about it…

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