Friday, March 11, 2011

Bakersfield family witnesses the tsunami roll through Hawaii

 Bakersfield residents Rob and Judi McCarthy had just arrived at their second home in Hawaii when the earthquake-trigger tsunami rolled through. The McCarthy beachfront home is located on Puako on the Kohala Coast. The neighborhood is located between Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea resorts. The home is fine but they were forced to evacuate and slept in their car. Judi, who is chair of the Kern Community Foundation, used Facebook to inform me that "all coastal areas in the state evacuated last night. Watching another tsunami surge right now. Trees floating by. Rob rescued a sea turtle that was sent into an inadvertent lagoon that previous surges created in a neighbor's yard." The family home appears dry though lawn furniture was swept to sea and the yard is littered with rocks and dead fish."

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