In 2010, we were in Oahu, Hawaii when a powerful earthquake struck Chile, triggering a tsunami alert across the Pacific Ocean. We woke up to air raid sirens and a vertical evacuation of Waikiki (which was too densely populated to have a safe and timely 'horizontal' evacuation away from the coast.)
It was an intense and highly unusual situation. In the end, the tsunami was quite small in terms of the size of the wave, but we were still in awe of the ocean's power. Seeing water recede, then flood back in, then recede once again, was unlike anything else I've ever witnessed. We're so fortunate we were safe and sound during this (moderate) natural disaster.
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