Wednesday, March 3, 2010

McMurdo got a taste of the tsunami Sunday...

At 0200 or so, the station manager called up components of the Emergency Operations Committee to formulate an action plan.

Sunday all foot and vehicle traffic was banned from low-lying areas near town and from the Sea Ice. There were unofficial reports of some sea level rise and increase in wave activity. Unfortunately, in spite of McMurdo's scientific mission and raison d'etre, official tsunami measurement attempts were prohibited due to perceived unsafeness. Monday the sea ice roads were evaluated for soundness and re-opened.

Rumor has it the Kiwis took sealevel measurements. Someday, when Americans hide trembling within their homes, the Kiwis will inherit the earth.

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