Earthquake & Tsunami Hit the Coast of Japan

Tsunami travels across the Pacific to Hawaiian islands and the west coast of the U.S.

Years ago, I didn’t pay much attention to weather phenomena that was far away. I didn’t think it had any impact on my local area. Wrong! It impacts the entire world in one way or another. It gives new meaning to the term “small world”. I normally don’t have the TV on in the morning or throughout the day while I work, but I have The Weather Channel on this morning. The internet is the best way to get up-to-the-minute updates on the situation.

Working for a vacation rental advertising venue, I see an impact there as well. After the obvious thoughts that turned immediately to those directly impacted in Japan, my thoughts went to the impact I will see at work today. Then I wondered how many people don’t even think about travel insurance when planning their vacations. Did you know this even exists? Check out AccessAmerica.com for more info.

No major damage is expected on the Hawaiian islands or the U.S. west coast. There may be isolated incidents of damage. Six-foot waves were reported in Maui, a popular vacation destination, and three-foot waves elsewhere on the Hawaiian coasts. Two-foot waves are expected on the beaches of California, where they are mainly concerned about the currents and keeping people out of the water and off the beaches.

Economic impacts of natural disasters are felt worldwide. This will have a minor impact on our already rising food costs. The area impacted the heaviest is known for growing rice. Nearby aquaculture of shrimp and fish may also have been damaged. Japan’s largest expense, of course, will be in rebuilding. Read more in this New York Times article.

Weather and natural science fascinates me. Here are photos from when my husband and I chased a tornado. My motivation wasn’t to marvel at devastation but to get great photos. Learning the science of what causes weather changes and natural disasters is pretty cool, too.  Here’s an interesting read on the science of earthquakes.

The initial concern for damage in the U.S. from this tsunami is calming now. We may be able to breathe a sigh of relief, but my heart aches for those impacted in Japan.