Your intrepid Jaco hotel on the spot reporter paddled out today at 3:50 to try and surf and photograph the tsunami waves hitting Costa Rica. The background swell today was very small, even less than the forecast 2.5 feet. Between 4 pm Costa Rica time and 4:30 observes on the beach confirm my impression from the lineup that the swell grew significantly and then died off again.
The maximum wave height was consistent with a .8 meter swell, and the waves had very long periods, suggesting that they may have been generated by the earthquake in Japan rather than being wind driven waves converting to ground swell as the cross the ocean like most of our waves in Jaco. One way or another, the threat has passed and Jaco hotels can breathe a sigh of relief.
And maybe I just surfed a Tsunami.
Last night a record 8.9-magnitude earthquake occured in the Tohoku region offshore of Japan in the Pacific Ocean creating Tsunami waves up to 10 meters. The magnitude of 8.9 make it the largest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history. The earthquake in Japan is also the seventh largest
in the world since records began.
The earthquake was focused off the Oshika Peninsula, the east coast of Tohoku on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46 UTC (14:46 local time). The Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) indicate that at least 200 people have died and another 398 are missing in six different prefectures as a result of the Tsunami caused by the earthquake.
Current predictions indicate the resultant tsunami will hit Costa Rica at 4 pm CST March 11, 2011.
No word yet whether the tsunami will be destructive or will produce waves that you can surf. We will keep you posted.
Good thing Jaco hotel DoceLunas is on the high ground!
Major news organizations are reporting a world record Earthquake near Japan and a devastating Tsunami wave. The wave has hit Japan and is currently sweeping over Hawaii at approximately 9 am Eastern time. The tsunami is expected in Costa Rica at approximately 5 am EST, 4 am Costa Rica time. Stay tuned for more news and photos. I will either climb the mountain or paddle out into the Tsunami wave, depending on the reported size. Here’s hoping the report is accurate !