Though we have posted this news in brief on Twitter and Facebook, we realized we needed to also post it directly here on TAKA for those who do not follow the monastery in those more up-to-the-minute ways.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and the monks (and the monastery and its temples) are all okay after the tsunami that arrived on Kauai’s shores early this morning after a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan late last night. We are fortunate that the monastery is situated several miles inland and several hundred feet above sea level, so, at least for the next few hundred thousand years, we are well protected from any tsunamis that may hit the island.
Our beloved island is fortunate, and all Kauai residents are fortunate, that the waves ended up being so small compared to the 6.5-foot prediction: The gauge at Nawiliwili Harbor reported a rise of 2.1 feet and as far as we know there was no damage reported on our island. Little to no damage was reported on neighbor islands, most of which saw surges similar to the level of Kauai’s, though in one place as high as 7 feet.
Though it is possible to know the time of arrival of the waves with great precision, the size of the waves is pretty much impossible to predict with any accuracy. The islands benefit from a sophisticated early detection and warning system installed throughout the Pacific Ocean decades ago after a major tsunami disaster, and our county agencies have become experts at coordinating appropriate responses to tsunamis and the other natural disasters the occasionally strike the islands--hurricanes.
From what we understand, the evacuations of Kauai’s low-lying coastal areas went well last night, with everyone reaching refuge centers (established mostly at Kauai’s schools) located outside the flood zones well before the waves were predicted to arrive.
I have spoken with my brother who lives between Hanalei and Ke’e. He and his wife spent the night at the botanical garden near their house. On inspection after sunrise, he reports no actual home damage in his immediate area, but tons of debris in most of the properties on the beach side of the road.
I have so much respect for the tsunami preparedness in the Islands of Hawaii!
Om Namah Sivaya,
Thank God everyone is fine ! We were praying the minute CNN said the waves were heading to Hawaii and Kauai being first to be hit. The devastation in Japan is already hard to bear and thank God other parts of the world were spared.
I am glad all is well at the Kauai Aadheenam. All is well over here in India, too. Our Great God Ganesha knows what He is doing, and He is not going to put his devotees through devastation and misery for any reason. Glory to Lord Ganesha. March 12, 2011. Local time 5 05 pm.
Hindus believe in each individual as a soul, a divine being who is inherently good. We all have a threefold nature: instinctive, intellectual, intuitive. Develop the intuitive/spiritual/soul nature with compassion, devotion, penance. Use the intellect to help subdue the instinctive mind. Guilt is not a part of Hinduism. There is no eternal hell. You have a continuity of consciousness when you transition to the inner worlds. There is no devil, but there are mischievous "asuras."