My first tsunami watch

People lined up to see the tsunami in San Pedro

Wow, another first took place yesterday making this a record week of firsts. My first tsunami evacuation and watch. Upon pulling into the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium entrance, I was greeted by police caution tape and an LAPD officer who said the aquarium was being evacuated for the tsunami advisory.

Several people headed for the end of Pacific Street in San Pedro where there’s a good area to see the waves from the cliff. (During a tsunami warning, do not go down to the beach to watch.) There were people lined up all along the cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to see the tsunami. Thankfully, all we saw was the water rippling in, nothing that looked like a tsunami. Although some people claimed they saw the water pull out in a characteristic tsunami fashion.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone dealing with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. For everyone living in California, please take time to stock up on your earthquake supplies, make sure you have enough food and water to survive at least seven days without help. If possible, take a disaster training course and learn how to be prepared, in an earthquake prone area like California it’s the best way to be.


  1. says

    Great photo, Carolyn. It also could have been taken here on the Central Coast. I was driving through town and people were literally lined up along the shoreline in Carmel, Seaside, Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach to watch…. actually, I’m not sure what they thought they’d see. I hope that in their quest for crashing waves of epic proportions, the everyday beauty and wonder of our amazing coastline also made a lasting impression.

    Great post as always! I always learn something from your blog. 😉

    • Carolyn Kraft says

      Thanks for the comment Cheryl! It seems like many people took the tsunami watch a little too literally.

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