I got an unusual call this morning from my father. He was calling because he, and some others in my family, had heard about the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, and the tsunamis all over the Pacific basin, including the Hawaiian islands, where I just was a couple weeks ago. They had forgotten the dates of our trip, so they were calling to make sure we were safe.
On the Hawaiian islands Bloomberg reported that 1-meter high waves struck the island, but on NPR one of the correspondents had reported witnessing 2-meter high waves (about 6 feet). After the volcanic eruption on Hawai'i, where we also were a couple weeks ago, I'm happy to be home.
Japan had nearly 50 aftershocks from their initial quake. Some of the aftershocks were measuring 6.0 magnitude. In addition to the tsunami there is quite a bit of damage and loss of life that has occurred. Here is some video of the tsunami coming inland and the damage it has caused:
My prayers go out to the people affected by this disaster.