- Posted March 11, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Recovery in Japan: After the earthquake
Tsunami, Oregon Coast, My Story
At about 3 a.m. a loud siren penetrated my sleep and I thought it must be from police or an ambulance due to an accident nearby. But the siren kept going and I realized it must be something else. I looked out into the night and saw that some of my neighbors were getting into their cars and leaving. There were voices and I heard someone saying "Hurry!" I called one of my neighbors and he said "Turn on the TV, there's been a huge earthquake in Japan and we have a tsunami alert." I quickly got my 2 dogs and hopped into the car. I drove toward Florence and saw a line of cars a block or more long waiting for gasoline at what might have been the only gas station open then. At 126 I turned toward Mapleton. Fifteen miles inland I came to Mapleton. There was steady traffic. A little farther I pulled into the Gingerbred Village Restaurant, surrounded by wilderness. The news on the radio said that in Hawaii people in hotels were being moved to the 8th floor for safety. Someone in the Gingerbred Village Restaurant turned on the lights around 5 am and waved a coffeepot out the front door. The parking lot was full of people sitting in their cars. Many of us went in for awhile or had breakfast. I walked my dogs. After 8 am I began to drive back to Florence, and later went out to the Heceta Head Lighthouse at the elevated overlook to make some camcorder videos of the tsunami surges of water.
OOps, sorry I wasn't able to show the water receding again as announced on the video.