This is a drill.

On March 23, 2011, 33 countries, including locations in California and Florida took part in a Tsunami drill planned by NOAA.

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“Wednesday’s simulated tsunami, scheduled for around 9:00 a.m. local time, will be based on a real event — an 1867 magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the region that generated a powerful tsunami. Thirty-two-foot (10-meter) waves crashed ashore on the island of Guadalupe, and waves as high as 24 feet (7.6 m) hit St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.” (Mother Nature Network)

Based on everything we learned here in Herriman after our recent flood drill, I jump around in excitement when I see news like this, especially when it crosses borders and countries work together in a disaster scenario. I’ll be looking for debrief information as it becomes available to see what everyone learned from the drill.

“Drills are absolutely necessary,” Hirshorn told OurAmazingPlanet. “Because the more you drill, the more effective it may be when the real thing happens.” He added: “Ironically, the Japanese are the furthest along on this and I think that’s why they may not have had even more casualties than they did.”

For any of you in these areas, how was it? Did you participate? What did you learn?

PSST…don’t forget about Earth Hour on Saturday – 8:30PM your time.