A Tidal Surge
Word struck many pacific islands after yesterdays massive earthquake in Chile. A tsunami warming went directly into effect. The news spread fast and could have saved thousands of lives. It was a matter that had to be dealt with if the tidal waves created by this quake would have made it to the islands. The nations along the pacific rim showed they have learned from quakes in the past and most were ready to take the hit. Luckily, the waves produced by this earthquake were much smaller than anticipated.
The scientists who issued the warning don't have much of an appology to those who fled in panic. They believe it showed the world is ready for the next time something like this will happen. The more prepared we are and the quicker we can move towards safety is a key. There have been many tidal surges in the past which developed much quicker than this one and left many dead and businesses were gone. It was a good thing there was so much time to prepare for this.
"Chaos was at a minimum as people heeded evacuation orders and roads were free of the gridlock that can paralyze a region before a disaster. The smooth response occurred largely because the state had so long to prepare; Hawaii is nearly 7,000 miles from where the quake hit, and it took 15 hours for the tsunami to arrive." http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jBrcBuf8vcRnbwe8MlMqRV1EnkOwD9E5DRS00
Issuing the tsunami warning was important because it gave so many families time to prepare for what could have happened. The time it left Hawaiians showed that a state could prepare for a catastrophic event quickly and in time for such a tragedy. People were able to get to higher grounds with enough materials they could live for a couple days until returning back to normal.
I was glad to hear the quake created only small waves because of how much damage it could have added. The world keeps taking hit after hit. We did not need another. I think after such an event people will hopefully take things as seriously as they did this weekend. People in the future could be saved as long as scientists don't over exaggerate all the time. Such protocols allow us to know if we are prepared. We need to stay on our feet and be always be as ready as possible.