I woke this morning to see my Facebook news feed filled not with stories about Hurricane Sandy but rather of earthquakes in BC, Canada and Tsunami warnings. Apparently last night’s 7.7 quake, which was centered off Haida Gwaii, formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands, spawned warnings of Tsunamis up and down the western coast of North America and also in Hawaii where they’ve just recently had the first small wave generated by the event land on their shores.
What do I know about Tsunamis? Only what I’ve read on wikipedia and other internet sites. I do remember exactly where we were when we received news of the hugely devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsumani. Rebecca and I were vacationing in the Dominican Republic at the time and when we clicked on the TV in our hotel room (remember this was 2004 — long before we had a boat), the destruction was being reported on all of the stations. When news of the massive amount of damage in Thailand was announced, we paid extra attention as our friend Peter was visiting there at the time. Fortunately for him, he was quite a bit inland and not in the more common tourist areas which were hit extremely hard.
Tsunami striking Ao Nang, Thailand.
So, what would we do if there was a Tsunami warning issued for this area? I believe the thing to do, assuming that you’re not simply going to leave your boat to fend for itself and run for higher ground, is to head out to sea. From what I’ve read, even the waves which create the most damage on land are barely felt by vessels in deep water. Let’s hope that we don’t have to put this bit of theory to the test though.
Sign here in Grenada near Grand Anse beach.