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Written by Dive! Blog!   
Tuesday, 03 November 2009

The Tsunami that devastated Samoa this morning, created a 50cm rise and fall in the level of the Tutukaka Marina, and for over an hour there were strong tidal surges of 6-12 knots, causing boats to swing wildly, fish left high and dry, whirlpools, and damage to the marina.

As the warnings came through, our boats set to sea to be away from the breakwater and the marina.

At first there was not much happening, but the sirens going off and Twitter alerts and run downs as to where it was. We used it as a chance to implement our Crisis Management Plan, and it was good to know we could mobilise quickly, and get our team in a safe place and still run operations form a shore base, via mobile technology and communication.

The boats were told to go back out to sea, and although officially the warning was reduced, we were still on high alert.

Watching the slow rise and fall we were lucky enough to have a Tsunami expert right with us, Chris Buckley, who certainly was fascinating to listen to as he told us about the depression, or outwave that occurs first.

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