Weekend Mail Call: Tsunami scare


it was over almost before it started. A
tsunami scare was prompted by Tuesday evening seven point six magnitude
earthquake off the coast of Honduras. The quake hit just before 10 p.m.
it was far enough away that it only caused a small tremor in Grand Cayman
but weather officials warned it could generate a tsunami wave affecting Cayman
and other islands. By 10:30 p.m. the danger had passed. Many people did not
hear of the warning until they woke up the next morning, prompting discussion
about Cayman’s lack of an emergency warning system. The Compass asked readers
to share their experiences. Let’s take a look at what some of them said. Annette Baubie wrote, “y alarm went off at 6 a.m. I checked my messages and got a
disturbing one from my niece in Canada asking if I was okay because she had
heard about the earthquake. My response was, ‘What earthquake?” Kelly Kel wrote, “My
sister had no idea. It was not until she awoke this morning and saw my message
that she knew about it. I’m in Connecticut. Surely there’s a better way
to alert people.” Kay Emerick said she never felt a thing: “Heard about it online after the alert was over,” she wrote. Mary Jo Holswarth
Silva wrote, “My daughter called me from university in the US about 11 p.m. Seems
right because during the summer i had to call her from the US to tell her she was
under evacuation for the fire at Jackson Point.” Doddi Si felt nothing. “Overhyped much?” Doddy wrote. Robin Tayman wrote to say her husband learned about the earthquake
on a US news feed. “Although we felt nothing, when we came downstairs this
morning a picture was off the wall and three knickknacks had fallen over.
Coincidence?” she writes. “Who knows? Robyn added that she thought it’s “very scary” that Cayman does not have a tsunami warning system. “If government is unable
to do it, can large private companies here help with it or at least contract
out?” she wondered, adding, “This is a big deal.” Cal Creole said he heard about the
earthquake around 11:30 p.m.: “Interesting that a magnitude seven point six only
160-ish miles away wasn’t felt,” he wrote. “I’m ocean front, too. Wave action was
totally normal. I’ve been through many earthquakes in my life,” he wrote. “Most of
which were hundreds of miles away, and still felt them.” Roger Ebanks wrote to say he had blamed the tremor on an unruly pork chop that he had eaten earlier that
evening. “A few minutes later, saw the reason on the TV out of Miami,” he wrote. “Made my apology to the pork chop.” emergency management officials told the compass they are working on a way to get critical information to the public more
quickly in future emergencies. They also say it is important to be prepared for
rapid onset events before the need arises. For tips on how to do that visit
http://www.caymanprepared.gov.ky And to read more readers’ experiences with last week’s tsunami scare or to
share your own, visit us on Facebook. Thanks for watching weekend mail call.
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