As some of you may have heard, Hawaii had a close call with a tsunami that was generated by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Canada. This occurred this past weekend on Saturday October 27 where it was viewed by many people that it was an ordinary Saturday. However, it was the day of the ACT test for me. After that exhausting and excruciatingly long test, I went home and spent time with my family like any normal Saturday. None knew of the warning that would soon befall us. At about 7 in the evening, my mom and I went to grab dinner for my family, I noticed everyone diving into the gas station and that the grocery stores were extremely full. My first thought was “is it the first of the month?” but I soon found out the source of the chaos when my iPad promptly dinged an alert that said a tsunami warning had just been issued for the state of Hawaii. I was surprised and caught off guard by this because earlier that day, I had another alert saying there was no tsunami warning for Hawaii. So, when we got home, we ate dinner while I hurriedly looked up the information, which turned out to be correct, and informed my parents on the update. Thank God we went shopping! And of course my brother, put in charge of gathering clothes for him and me, proceeded to dump all the contents of his dresser into two duffle bags, including his shoes, grabbed his surfboard, video games, and his skateboard and went to put them in the car. As my mom and I finished with the food, I went to put it in our “empty car” and was bombarded with the sight of all the things my brother owned stuffed haphazardly into the car. Oh he wasn’t happy the rest of the night. As we were leaving, the sound of the sirens was heard throughout the state of Hawaii and reminded me that this might be the last time I would ever see my home again. We waited and waited and as the clock grew near to 10:28, we grew more and more anxious.
11:00 came and went and I soon found myself asleep, or trying to sleep because of my mom’s obnoxiously loud snoring. We were allowed to return home at about 3:00 in the morning after the warning was degraded to advisory status. I was elated that God had spared the State of Hawaii again after a close call in 2011 when a tsunami destroyed part of Japan and was able to sleep well that morning knowing that we were safe. Later on, I found out that people refused to evacuate from their homes that were in the danger zone because they believed that the tsunami would not come. They were right but I don’t think it was very smart of them to gamble their life or family on the belief that a disaster might not occur. If it had happened, they would have died because of their stupidity and carelessness. I think all disasters are to be taken seriously because it can creep up at you and surprise you when you least expect it. After that close call, you could have felt Hawaii release its breath and say”Whew! That was Close!!”