I grew up with so many Tongans in the IE. I know many are LDS. There are probably people on here who know so many there. Our prayers and and anything you can share on how to help would be great:
Mou lahi ofa atu Tonga!
I know a lot of folks who will either need help or have family that need help. This will impact a lot of our players, indirectly.
I was at my cousin’s house when CNN was showing a volcano eruption somewhere in Africa, and those in the family watching on TV were affected emotionally in a way I couldn’t quite relate to.
Now it seems to be affectinhtg Hawaii and the west coast. Hopefully it isn’t as bad as I fear:
I woke up this morning in Oceanside, CA with phone going off with a Tsunami Alert of pending one-three ft. tsunami waves. First time I’ve ever seen or heard of this. And I didn’t know there was such a thing as the San Diego Tsunami Warning Center.
One of my favorite people I ever worked with and his wife are currently doing an LDS mission in Fiji. I’m not seeing that they’ve had issues. I hope not.
But here’s an incredible satellite video loop showing the eruption and the shock waves moving through the ocean. Lots of power there.
Edit: Tsunamis are really interesting. I just read that on Kauai there were 1 ft waves for the most part, but in Hanalei they were 3 ft. If you were to draw a line from Hanalei to Tonga the whole island is in the way. It all depends on the topography of the ocean bottom, apparently.
I was watching a broadcast link from a discord server in part of in Japan. The East coast of Japan has warnings of anything from 20 or 30 cm to 1.2 M above normal tides. Lots of warnings for people to head to higher ground. Roads are packed in some areas. JapaNews24 ～日本のニュースを24時間配信 - YouTube the commentators are speaking in Japanese but it may be interesting to some here.
This is insane.
Good Lord. That guy is super human.