Image from the United States Geological Survey at 5:46 a.m. Zulu time, or 46 minutes after midnight here on the East Coast.

This is just to give y’all some resources, and someplace to comment if you feel so moved. The picture of what happened — and is happening — is still taking shape. Hawaii seems to be out of trouble — although I’d appreciate an on-the-spot report on that from our own Pacific correspondent, Burl Burlingame.

Personally, on something like this, I tend to turn first to the Los Angeles Times. Of the largest papers in this country, that’s the one most likely to have the best reporting and perspective on developments in the Pacific Rim (that’s pretty intuitive, of course, but I had it confirmed back in my days as an editor responsible for the front page, and the national desk, back in Wichita, when I had to study all of our news services to see who had the best take on each national/international story).

But here are several you can follow:

That’s probably all you need right now. Comment away.


  1. Karen McLeod

    You mean that they haven’t blamed it on Mr. Obama YET.

    Seriously, it sounds like Japan is having a rough time. Luckily, it sounds like Hawaii has escaped with minor damage.

  2. Burl Burlingame

    Man, that bullet we dodged on Oahu parted our hair. The surges on Maui and the Big Island were pretty bad, but at least they weren’t carrying that tumbling wall of debris that flattened communities in Japan. We got feet-wet on the neighbor islands — looks like more than a 12-foot surge in Kailua-Kona. The roads there are broken up.
    Lots of small-boat and wharf damage on Oahu, but that’s about it. And we’re all sleepy as hell. The critical period was 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. when you had to be ready to run for it.

  3. Joanne

    I’m glad all is OK, Burl. My sister and her husband were planning to go to Cannon Beach/Seaside today in Oregon, but they changed their plans with the threat.

    I have a student who was supposed to leave for Japan to stay for 8 months either today or tomorrow.I’m thinking that will be postponed.

    This is so sad.


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