If you have watched television or read the newspaper over the past few days, you have probably heard about the horrible earthquake in Japan. According to the news, the earthquake was powerful enough to move the main island of Japan almost eight feet — that’s some power. The earthquake sent a tsunami racing toward all of the Hawaiian islands at 500 miles per hour. At one point, it was predicted that the tsunami waves might exceed 30 feet, which might have wiped out large portions of towns like Hilo.
In the end, though, we experienced waves of seven feet which, while very large, did not cause a great deal of damage to life or property that I am aware of. However, I did notice that the waves caused a new Hawaiian island to form. My private island is slowly floating from Hilo Bay out to sea. If you happen across it, stay away — it’s mine!