Monday, October 29, 2012

Tsunami Saturday Night

A   L   O   H   A  !
Another Saturday Night by Sam Cooke on Grooveshark
It had been a fun Saturday.

heralded a relaxing evening at home.

 The moon was almost full.
Honolulu was buzzing
with Halloween Hi-Jinks.

Then it all went sideways:


Living on our boat
for 20 years,
we had run from two
tsunami alerts!

But this time
we could watch it all
from the 35th floor
of our apartment building-

- MUCH nicer experience!

I wish I could describe
the sounds of multiple sirens
at varying distances,
the traffic,
the media hub-bub,
the government proclamations,
traffic jams,
traffic accidents. . .
The confusion
and expectation.

I wish I could show you
the lighted boats:
from commercial shipping,
to small private craft,
to the Coast Guard-
that all left the harbor
to bob on the dark horizon
like a flotilla
of stars.

I especially loved
the row of tug boats
that went out like
a family of 
bright ducks.

Soon the streets
were silent.

Hawaii Waited.

We had seen significant
from the Japanese Tsunami
of March 2011. 

We were lucky

this time.    

This morning,
all the ships returned.

Relaxing Waikiki Again

" The right time
 is any time
 that one is still
 so lucky
 as to have. "

Henry James 

" The world is getting to be
 such a dangerous place, 
a man is lucky
 to get out of it 
alive. "

W. C. Fields

You can read about
 the Tsunami experience on our boat  here:  [ Link ]

Now our hearts are with those
 facing Hurricane Sandy
 on America's North Atlantic Coast .

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                               Warmly, cloudia


christopher said...

So glad the tsunami warning was just a warning.

And yes, I'm hoping for less than anticipated from Sandy as well.

Dave King said...

W.C.Fields sums it up very well, I think!
Excellent dramatic post. Conveys the sense of danger and chaos very well, I think.

So, so good to hear you all got out of it, not just alive, but unscathed!

Brian Miller said...

glad you got lucky this time....kinda scary when those alarms start going your pics of the city...particularly the night ones...

the walking man said...

That's the difference between there and her...they warn you when trouble is we ran out of money after running the warning sirens 24/7 for three decades.

Charles Gramlich said...

Glad everyone got lucky this time!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So glad it's all over in your space Cloudia and all is well with you. It must have been amazing to observe from up in your safe spot.

Teresa said...

Love the picture where it all goes sideways!! Glad you're doing well.

TexWisGirl said...

i'm glad this one was not bad! i read about it from the west coast side from someone up in canada and he mentioned hawaii, too. scary...

DeniseinVA said...

I'm so glad you and the people of Hawaii are safe and sound this morning. We're all waiting for Hurricane Sandy over here. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Joop Zand said...

Glad that everything is oké there, your pictures are good Cloudia.

Greetings from Holland, Joop

Akelamalu said...

I'm so glad you were lucky, it must be absolutely terrifying. :(

Myrna R. said...

My thoughts are def with the East Coast. May they all be safe. Glad there was no tsunami. Your pictures are great.

Anonymous said...

Whew! Glad you're okay. Kitty must be tired from standing guard all night. Boats bobbing on the ocean must've seemed like a hasty version of the lantern ceremony. The spirits up in the fields are glad the masses went back to the beach party! DrumMajor

Hilary said...

I'm glad the tsunami warning was nothing more. Your photos through the day are just gorgeous.

'Tsuki said...

I just love the way you explained it, and the picture you chose to increase the tension in your way of telling it... Excellent.

Daryl said...

good to know you are safe

Erika said...

I'm very inquiet for you.I hope all is well. A big hug from me.

Betty Manousos said...

good to know you are safe.

sending thoughts prayers your way.

take care.

LOLfromPasa said...

Safe and sound. Wonderful. Hope all can say the same who are on the East Coast.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

so good to hear you were safe

Cloudia said...

YOUR comments
are sweets for my soul.

Thank YOU, Sweeties!

bea's blog said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful post ~ so happy nothing serious happend to Hawaii, let's hope the best for the East Coast, too.
We follow from the other side of the world!

Anonymous said...

Yes, the world feels to be on the brink of change.

Please have you all a good Tuesday.

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, great stuff here. Your tsunami photo is amazing--like a 30s movie poster and an image of the feeling of dread!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - interesting post. It must be a really strange thing to see the sea behave like this. Warming systems are rather important I think!

Stewart M - Australia

The Elephant's Child said...

I am beyond glad that you are safe - and join you in your wishes for those still under threat in the US and Canada.
PS: Loved your cloud/sky captures. Thank you.

Lori Skoog said...

Very scary!