Friday, January 12, 2007

Waiting on the wave, waiting on information.

The news first came across as Breaking News at 9 pm, an 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Japan, sending Tsunami warnings and watches out in four different directions.

Of particular interest to British Columbia, the watch that was issued that puts the North Coast, Queen Charlottes and Central Coast on notice for a potential Tsunami.

Not that anyone actually thinks that one will arrive anytime soon if at all, but when the big Quakes hit, the warnings go out.

Global BC breathlessly announced the details of the watch at the lead of their 11 pm news, promising more details as they become available as the newscast was winding down, they didn't have much to add to the story. Don't bother going to their website, by midnight they hadn't yet posted the information on their website for those that might want to keep up to date.

We would check the CBC site, but on Friday night it seemed to be having problems linking the viewer to the stories, eventually the story loads, but by the time you read it, you could be knee deep in sea water.

Head over to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and there’s a long list of places to keep alert, but no mention of the British Columbia locations. The West Coast Tsunmai Warning centre has a pretty map but little in the way of hard information for the North Coast.

Ah the government will have the scoop right? The Emergency preparedness site offers up information on what to do if one hits, but no information that we might actually have to put their good advice to work. Maybe next time they can have a breaking news link on their website for the poor shmuck looking for more information.

CKNW at least airs the details and posts the bulletin about a possible Tsunami for our area, though they add for the benefit of their Vancouver audience that they are in no mortal danger.

News 1130 likewise posts some information to their website to go along with the news updates on air.

For those Podunkians weak of heart and thinking of heading inland for safety, there’s this to keep in mind. Avalanche conditions are considered high in the Skeena area.

We could always grab the mountain boots and hike up Mount Hays, it would give you a great view of the Tsunami that may or may not arrive, then again considering the snow falling at the moment, it would be a hard truck up the mountain and you wouldn’t be able to see anything anyways.

Oh what to do, what to do. Maybe we’ll just wait for the all clear, if they can find a way to get the message to us!
Update: All the excitement is over, the Tsunami watch was cancelled by midnight. Podunkians can now have a restful night, unburdened by the thought of a watery welcome to a new day.

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