Sunday, February 28, 2010

Dress Rehearsal: The Great Tofino Tsunami

I was already up at a far-too-early hour yesterday when a call for the FH came in. He was slated to work already, but after the massive earthquake in Chile — which was about 8.8 on the Richter Scale (MASSIVE) — there were concerns about tsunamis in the Pacific and he had to get in earlier to start closing beaches.

Although the tsunami never came, one day it will. And so will an earthquake of significant magnitude. Both already have in the past. It does get to be a bit of a joke around here when we get tsunami warnings — people notoriously brush them off — but I'd like to make a public thanks to all of those people who spent yesterday closing beaches, putting out warnings, essentially working out the kinks in an emergency response system that is needed here — and will be one day in a big way — whether we like to think it or not.

Remember these signs? I'll bet people were giving them a second look yesterday.

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