Boater Be Warned
About one minute before the tsunami hit Pago Pago Harbor in 2009, I received three quick-succession text messages from the Tsunami Alarm System. The messages informed me that a major quake had occurred 19 minutes ago and that the risk of a tsunami near Samoa was high.
Although driving along the California coast, I knew more about the impending tsunami than Hodges, who in 60 seconds would experience it.
Don’t walk in Hodges’ shoes. You can get advance warning. Should an official tsunami alert be issued, you will be notified via e-mail and/or a text message if you subscribe to a service. Some are free, while others charge a fee. Here are a few we found.
SMS (short message service) alert sent to mobile phone; $40 per year.
SMS alert sent to mobile phone; $29 per month.
SMS alert sent to mobile phone; free.
Sends alert via e-mail; free.
Sends earthquake (not tsunami) notifications via e-mail and SMS text messages; free.
Website you can access 24/7 for real-time status of any tsunami alerts. It does not send you an alert, but you can get data immediately and monitor alerts.
These sources are helpful only if you are in an area with Internet access or cell phone reception. You should also know and heed nature’s warning signs.