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Well That Was Fun… Not!

Tsunami Watch…

Off the shore of Alaska tonight there was a big quake and one buoy showed a thirty-foot rise, so alerts and watches went out all over, from Alaska down to California and Mexico.

Now here on the Oregon Coast, we have two of our three retail stores, including our bookstore, about eight feet above sea level. Even a ten foot surge which would have hit at about a plus-four foot high tide. That would have done real damage to our stores.

So Kris and I were monitoring everything we could for the last two hours.

Billy, our store manager was doing the same. And so was Allyson, the publisher and person who runs all our businesses.

We figured if there was a surge headed this way (showing by how it hit Alaska coast and BC) we would have barely enough time to head out to our stores and get stuff on top of things and get the expensive stuff out. But it would have basically wiped out those two stores.

Thankfully for millions of people along this part of the Pacific Coast and in Hawaii, the earthquake did not generate a large surge.

No one on the East coast in the major news channels even noticed. They were more concerned with Cheetos’ tweets about something. Head-shaking.

So as I type this, the watch has been lifted. We got lucky. This time.

The entire west coast of the US and Canada got lucky.

Been a long night for a lot of people.


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  • Vera Soroka

    Yes I heard that this morning that BC was under alert. I think that is the first time I have ever heard that here in Canada. Glad nothing happened. Of course they always say that the islands will go under one day. That is scary.

  • Lena Goldfinch

    So glad the worst didn’t hit! Scary stuff. This is the first I’ve heard of a surge. I’ve been off TV, but I haven’t seen anything even on the news alerts popups on my phone. You’d think that would make national news!

  • Isabo Kelly

    Glad to hear everyone (and everything) is okay! My parents live on the Washington coast, so tsunami awareness is a thing. Thrilled this didn’t turn into a disaster.

  • Chris Clark

    Kind of ridiculous that it got more coverage on Twitter and my local, St. Louis news than on national news.

  • Jes

    Sandbags are your friends. Or something you could use as a barrier. Of course it all depends on how bad it was. It’s possible nothing would help, but think ahead to blocking and diverting for next time.
    I am very glad it missed. I can’t imagine getting one store weather ready let alone three. I didn’t hear about the tsunami here on the east coast. Just the government shut down things because we live near dc and are pretty affected by that.
    Stay warm and dry.

  • Mark Kuhn

    I heard about the earthquake and Tsunami warning when I got up at 4:30 this morning. Alarm clock woke me up to the news. Very scary stuff, even here in New Jersey.
    So glad to hear you’re okay out there.

  • Bonnie

    Thought I came by yesterday. Heard early in the morning on Facebook from friends who live out that way–immediately thought of you and Kris. Glad nothing came of it, but I had no doubt it was a very long night…

  • Gordon Horne

    All up and down the coast the official emergency services seem to have generally worked well. Here in Victoria emergency services started evacuated people at risk by even a small surge as soon as the first buoy reading came in. Many were not prepared to evacuate with five minutes notice, but they did anyway. Good for them. Maybe next time they will have an emergency kit ready to throw in the car as they head out the door.

  • Jacintha

    Read and heard about it in New York City. Very glad you’re safe and your property is not damaged. I have friends in Alaska were really terrified there for a while.