Thank Heaven it seems that most of the Hawaiians (and tourists) took the middle of the night warnings seriouusly…Even if the waves were lower than feared they did some damage, and also validated the evacuation procedures those folks had in place. With adequate time life, if not property, can be preserved.
I touch base on CNN only briefly now and then..The stateside anchors tend to be what appears to be geology drop-outs using terms they are strickly reading. Weather channel did a nice job at the geographic comparisons of Japanese cities to the East coast cities in the USA. That helped when you heard a new reporter mix the Japanese cities as all being “near the Epicenter…or all being 2 hundred miles away. My former base on Hokkaido is one that is handling trans-pacific commercial diverted flights for the time being. I did hear that Narita the largest of Tokyo’s two airports is doing out-bound flights at this tie (Saturday). Janet’s daughter and family are on Okinawa, some 700 miles south of Tokyo. They got a shaking (not as bad as Northridge she said.).. and Torii Station on the beach of the island got a bit wet in the waves, but not a big deal like it was north of there. She was in L A for the Northridge so the distance factor is included here.