Earthquake… 33 Minutes For Civil Defense to Get Out Messages is Not Sufficient

Of course when we have the big earthquakes I’m no where near my computer to see what kind of response time it takes for the county to get word out about it.

It’s nice that we have other bloggers on this island such as Andrew Cooper that actually thought about the Civil Defense Alert and the possible tsunami that could have been triggered by such an event.

Andrew blogged:

…Nice to know that the system actually works and let me know that there was no tsunami danger from this earthquake. Never mind that I received the message 33 minutes after the event, more than enough time for a tsunami to reach anyplace on the island!

A moderate earthquake occurred at 12:44:45 PM (HST) on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 .
The magnitude 5.0 event occurred 10 km (6 miles) NW of Ka`ena Point.
The hypocentral depth is 10 km ( 6 miles).

2 Responses

  1. Interesting. When the quake happened, the first thing I thought to do was to go to your site and see if it was on “Recent Quakes”. Not only did my computer take forever to get there, when it did, it said something like “Invalid Portal”.

    When I first heard it on the news at about 11, the news said 5.1 but did not add the tag line about no tsunamis.

    Since my kitty didn’t freak, I didn’t. Actually, I listen for anything falling.

    Love, Mom

  2. Tweeted it as it came in on my phone too:

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