As most of you have seen or heard by now, Japan was hit with an 8.9 earthquake early Friday morning (March 11), devastating the far east country.
The jolt, which was centered offshore of Miyagi Prefecture and about 230 miles from Tokyo, spawned a tsunami wave with walls of water up to 30 feet high, causing destruction to everything in its path by sweeping away rice fields, flooding towns, dragging houses onto highways, and tossing cars and boats like toys.
It reached as far as six miles inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan’s east coast, reports CNN.
Since the initial quake, tsunami warnings were issued all around the world, even on the U.S.’ west coast and Hawaii.
Compton rap legend, DJ Quik, has been in Hawaii working as of late, and detailed his experience as he and Hawaii braced for the incoming tsunami.
Early Friday morning, the rapper/producer started tweeting about the sound of sirens, alerting residents on the island of Oahu.
“Tsunami alarms going off…police clearing the streets…,” Quik wrote on Twitter (@DJQuik). “On the island of Oahu. Waves expected to reach the coast at 3:07am HST. I have never heard alarms like this. This is surreal.”
After his first updates, he sent some prayers to the people of Japan, after realizing the magnitude of damage the 8.9 quake caused.
“Please pray for the people in Japan who’s lives are slipping away as we speak. This is a real emergency,” Quik said. “The Hawaiian Islands are guaranteed to be inundated by rouge waves in less than 3 hours…”
As he continued tweeting, he started posting photos of police posted up on the beach, telling people to get inland … and later said he heard helicopters flying overhead and watching boats off the coast rock.
“The boats & yachts offcoast are being tossed around a bit, but other than a lil rain, were just waiting for an all clear,” Quik said in his last tweet.
According to reports from mainstream media, Hawaii suffered limited damage and no injuries in the wake of a quake-spawned tsunami that caused surges of up to 7 feet in some areas of the state.
Since initial concerns, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has downgraded its warning to an advisory and Honolulu’s mayor has issued an “all clear” for Oahu. However, the state’s governor is still asking residents and visitors to “stay out of the waterways and shoreline areas.”