Holy Cow! Tonga just had an earthquake! I just checked earthquake.usgs.gov
and got the statistics, an 8.1 on the richter scale. That's a big ass earthquake. Man I really hope all those outer island volunteers are okay. I'm sure I'll find out.
My girlfriend called me up to let me know that it broke her mirror, the dishes in her cabinets, all of the glass that was out and around her house. Amazingly, the phone system worked so she was able to call and let me now she was alright. I'm sort of worried about the water rising and coming ashore. Tongatapu at its highest point can't be more than 30-40 feet above sea level and that is "the hills". I'm also hoping everyone is okay. The Peace Corps in Tonga has really had a bad break this year.
A volunteer was killed by a shark. Volunteers were stuck on kao without food and picked up by a Australian destroyer. Now an 8.1 earthquake. Tough luck.