Sunday, March 20, 2011

Super Moon!



Oops, I meant this kind of super moon.



How did it look in your neck of the woods? I had a kind of cool picture of it coming up in front of the road we were on, but my memory card has decided not to work anymore. Michael was able to take a few shots, although missed that one.



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I have to give a huge shout out to our pals, Hans & Kristen on having their first baby (girl): Freja Alice Eriksson. She's American/Swedish and will have her name mispronounced for the rest of her life...Of course, you'd think my name would be easy enough but I get Nay Nay, Ren-knee, Kendra, Karen, and Jingle Boobs - so I suppose it really doesn't make a difference. They'll be raising this child on a small boat, so I look forward to reading about how that goes. Congratulations guys!!

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Heads up to anyone on this island or others in the Caribbean. Wednesday, 23 March, there will be a tsunami warning exercise (thanks for passing that on Fred):

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Thirty-three countries will participate next week in the Caribbean region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of United Nations-backed efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defenses against such disasters. The important exercise follows Japans earthquake and tsunami disaster which devastated the country and highlights the need for the Caribbean region to implement early warning systems to protect civilians.

Next Wednesday’s exercise, Caribe Wave 11, aims to test the early warning system for tsunamis and other coastal hazards set up in the region in 2005 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). This was established under the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The exercise will be based on a fictional earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale and located off the coast of the United States Virgin Islands, UNESCO reported in a press release issued on Thursday. The exercise, named Caribe Wave 11, does not involve communities. It should highlight the effectiveness of tsunami warning mechanisms, weather forecast offices, national coast guards and other relevant offices.
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said last week’s catastrophic quake and tsunami in Japan “have clearly shown the crucial importance of emergency arrangements. The development of a coordinated system in the Caribbean appears in this context to be more pertinent than ever.” (March 18, 2011) http://www.winnfm.com/news2.asp?NewsID=6314 If you want to get into the technical aspects of it, here ya go.