14 MARCH 2011
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Tokyo airport’s report that international flights are returning to normal after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the northern part of Japan. Travellers should carefully check with their airline and need to take note that the US returned to summer time yesterday, which also affects timetables.
Around the Pacific rim the Japanese disaster was quickly picked up and alarms sounded in what is becoming a well rehearsed drill. In Hawaii two large cruise ships had to stand off from berthing, each for more than half a day, the ocean in fact the safest place to be at the time. A tsunami runs at the bottom of the sea and only becomes visible as it approaches a land mass and beach at speeds up to 500mph, at which point it is very dangerous. With the great depth of the Pacific a tsunami running under a ship is virtually undetectable. www.tsunami.noaa.gov
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