Chilean armed forces responding to the earthquake and flooding the morning after.
Late in the night in southern Chile, the Earth unleashed an incredible tremble. Hundreds of millions of tons of earth and rock scraped down another part of the Earth as an unfathomable amount of potential energy was converted into kinetic energy. The earthquake was in a rather isolated part of the Chilean coast, but the powerful trembles still did immense damage to that area of the country. Almost everyone in the country could feel the earthquake, and it was detectable throughout most of South America. It was accurately measured as a 9.6 on the Richter Scale. Unlike a similar earthquake in 1960 that caused a massive tsunami throughout the entire coast of Chile, the conditions were just right this time so that the incredible amount of energy was transferred out to sea in a way that would have a minimal effect on the Chilean coast. Instead, even more devastation would be wrought elsewhere. The devastating earthquake in Chile, a country that was no stranger to such disasters, was luckily not close enough to any major population center to kill a large number of people. Despite the damage that was done, it seemed that the Chilean government was not entirely devastated and would be able to handle the situation on their own.
The energy from the earthquake was transferred into the sea. It would not take very long for Chilean scientists to alert countries within and around the Pacific that a possible tsunami may be incoming to their area. Now that the information was out, it was up to the Pacific nations of the world to prepare for a possible tsunami. Virtually all of them had less than one day to prepare - that is if their governments even had a plan in place. @Logan @Jamie @Suvorov @John @Owen
The Kingdom of Belgium has decided to send medical personnel and basic necessities to those areas effected with the request that all Belgian nationals overseas take the necessary safety precautions to avoid becoming a casualty of the forces of nature.
The Foreign Office shall provide shelter and support for those nationals seeking to leave their host countries and return home. Furthermore, embassies and consulates are advised to place at their disposal their facilities in the service of foreign nationals without distinction or prejudice.
As the news of the earthquake off of the coast of Chile began to spread around the world, as did the fear of possible Tsunamis out in the Pacific Ocean. In the Meeting in the situation room, permission was given the federal government to Federalise the National Guards of Guam and Hawaii and orders would now be given.
From Hickam Airbase, the 204th Airlift Squadron would be preparing to deploy. Four of the pilots and two operators would be in a briefing room, their commanding officer would be going through the routes they would be taking and what their task is. Meanwhile, the engineers and technicians would be outside in the hangers, making sure the aircraft are fully fuelled and all of the mechanical and electrical systems are working without fault.
At the same time, at Schofield Barracks, all one thousand members of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion would be put to work. They begin filling their M1083A1P2 Five Ton trucks with supplies, all 96 of them, 40 of the trucks would be filled with Humanitarian daily rations. This would total around 5340 Rationpacks per truck, 213,600 overall. Those fourty would be the first to leave the base, where twenty of them would drive directly to Wheeler Army Airfield, where the members of the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment would be waiting, their eleven UH-60 Black Hawks and six CH-47D Chinooks would be waiting on their helipads. It was the drivers and members of the Aviation regiments job to begin packing the large quantity of HDRs onto pallets, to load onto the helicopters.
The remaining fifty six trucks would begin to get filled with sand bags wire frames for hesco bastions. Which would be linked with the job for the 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, who's job - with their five M9 Armoured Combat Earthmovers - would be to create barricades on roads at the bottom of hills, to prevent water rushing up hill.
Meanwhile, a general alert would be sent out to the sailors at Pearl Harbour to return to their ships. In order to save the Pacific Fleet from possible near or complete destruction, they had been given orders to leave port and head directly north, because in the open ocean the energy that carries a tsunami is more spread out along the wavelength and can only create rough seas rather than complete tsunamis. They were to travel for 15 hours none stop, to the centre of grid AM, which would allow them to be in complete ocean open and be protected from the waves.
Through the Emergency Broadcast System would be sent to the whole of Hawaii telling people to seek high ground and if they cant get to highground, to head to roofs or the highest rooms in their buildings or houses. The alert would be broadcast on Television and radio.
Office of the Ministry of State for Disaster Management (内閣府特命担当大臣- 防災) - Tokyo
Kosuke Ito stood at the head of an emergency meeting. The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister were both present. This was a scenario that the Japanese people and government were all too familiar with. The 1960s Chilean earthquake was a major incident in Japan and the Japanese government had been steadily preparing and improving its defenses against such disasters since that time. Kosuke Ito used a power point projector and a stick pointer to go through the charts. Disasters were no surprise to Japan and Japan had been consistently funding the Office for Disaster Management since the new government took power. The Office received the same funding as the foreign affairs ministry and was one of the key positions in the Japanese government.
While the emergency meeting was taking place, evacuation orders were issued to all people on the east coast of Japan. Everyone was ordered to higher ground inland. All high speed trains were working now to evacuate people as quickly as possible. The network was well developed and modern in Japan. Buses were also pressed into evacuation service. The roads would only allow traffic in the directions leaving town, allowing for double the outflow. Any fishermen were ordered to return to land as soon as possible.
Any ships of the Japanese fleet would position on the west coast of the country. Camp Asaka, located miles from the coast, would also be evacuated. All JASDF planes would relocate to bases along the West Coast. However, the YS-11 planes would take off without any payload, with max fuel and center section bag-tanks. This gave them a range of 3,215km. They would begin to patrol the coastline to take real-time information on the wave and report directly back to the Ministry for Disaster Management.
Inside the meeting room Kosuke briefed the cabinet.
"This event is effectively a repetition of the 1960 earthquake also out of Chile. The strength and origin appears to be the same. This is a major benefit for us. This gives us predictability as to path, strength, and wave height. We have been hardening our coastline against Tsunamis for almost a century. The seawall that protects 45% of Japan's coastline is built of concrete and is at least 4.5m in all places. We have deep water wave breaking installations along our coast. When waves cannot exceed our seawalls, they have proven totally ineffective.
Problems with our defenses have arisen when locally centered earthquakes, even earthquakes much smaller than this, created waves with heights that exceeded the heights seen in the 1960 tsunami. Fortunately, following the 1960 Tsunami, we built defenses that were capable of defending Japan for that exact level of Tsunami. We have only improved our defenses since that time. Even if the wave exceeds our seawall in certain places, it will not exceed it greatly and we will be saved from the biggest impact of this wave....
All this being said, we cannot take this threat lightly. I have already activated the powers of this office to issue emergency evacuation orders and taken control of the rail lines, buses and ordered police to direct traffic along the pre-planned evacuation routes.
Members of the JGSDF will spend the next 18 hours working non-stop to deploy sandbags inside Tokyo to stem any flooding that might spill over. When the Tsunami is within 4 hours of the coast, the JSDF will cease operations and retreat.
Overall, our existing defenses stretch along our coast and the wave should not exceed our coastal walls, however, we must be vigilant. Local authorities have been instructed to enforce the general evacuation"
When the news of possible tsunamis affecting the entirety of Pacific nations hit, the Russian Federation began making preparations if such a tsunami hit the Russian Far East. The new went down the chain of command like lightening. Supplies and transport were redirected and general evacuation orders were given. Japan and Sakhalin Oblast protected a section of the Russian Far Eastern shores, however that left Kamchatka Krai, Sakhalin Oblast, and possibly cities on the shore of Sea of Okhotsk at risk. Places like Severo-Kurilsk, Baykovo, Radygina, Ust-Kamchatsk, Il'pyrskoye, Село Вы́венка, Korf, Tilichiki, Село Па́хачи, Apuka Апука, Khatyrka, Meynypilgyno, Beringovskii, Ugolnye Kopi, Kekra, Ul'ya, Vostretsovo, Novaya Zemlya, Okhotsk, Bulgin, Inya, Novaya Inya, Ushki, Balagannoye, Tauysk, Arman, Novikovo, Ozerskoye, Okhotskoye, Starodubskoye , Sovetskoye , Firsovo , Vzmor'ye , Vostochnoye , Zaozernoye , Porech'ye, Makarov, Tumanovo , Lermontovka, Gastello , Poronaysk , Katangli, and Okha were told to evacuate, find shelter or higher ground. Local authorities would lead the evacuation effort to get citizens onto the higher ground or further inland for the next 24 hours. The Russian Federation government authorized a temporary "blank check" by these local towns and effected Oblasts for authorities such as local leaders and law enforcement to purchase local food and water to feed evacuated citizens for the next 72 hours.
In the meantime six M62 locomotive would in Moscow specifically the yards of the Little Ring of the Moscow Railway would be coupled in pairs of two creating three trains. They would then be coupled with 44 Covered goods wagons each and each of these Covered goods wagons had internal capacities of 115.1 cubic yards each. 19 covered goods wagons would be filled with 22,195 Russian Army rations with the dimensions of 11.8 x 7.7 x 2.6 inches or 0.14 cubic ft and weighing 3.75 lbs each. The wagons they were placed in weighed in at 14.5 tons while their cargo weighed 52.2 tons and altogether all 19 trains weighed in at 991.8 tons. 25 covered goods wagons were filled with 23,230 water gallons each. The water gallons weighing in at 8.34 lbs each and all together weighing 87.8 tons. The 25 covered goods wagons and water gallons together weighing all together 2557.5 tons. The total weight of 3549.3 tons was now connected to the trains.
Another two coupled M62 locomotive would be coupled to pull 50 flat cars weighing 26 tons with two Ural-4320-19 strapped to them each. Each vehicle weighing about 12 tons. Altogether the weight being pulled would be 2500 tons and 100 Ural-4320-19 would be loaded all together. Another 7 Flatcars would be coupled with 3 Ural-4320 Tanker each strapped and loaded on weighing 50 tons all together for an overall weight of 350. Another 5 flat cars with 1 Ural-44202 strapped per flat car weighing in at 12 ton per vehicle and 38 tons combined were also coupled. Te all together weight was now 3040 tons.
Finally, another two M62 locomotives were coupled and would have 12 passenger cars, 6 Covered goods wagons, and 1 Steam generator car coupled to them weighing all together 1167 tons. When that was finished the 2nd Motor Rifle Division would send the 2nd Transport Battalion to the Moscow, Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal as they were providing the 5 Ural-44202, 100 Ural-4320-19, and 20 Ural-4320 Tanker. The troops would take 7 days worth of clothes (VSR 93 uniforms including boots, underwear, and socks), hygiene kits, and 5 days worth of food both on a person and in the 6 covered goods wagons. They also took enough water for the trip which would take 5 days and 15 hours. They also took with them Lifchik chest rigs with six 30 round AK-74M magazines with 30 FMJ rounds. Each also took with them their AK-74 rifle.
One at a time the trains would depart Moscow heading down the Trans-Siberian line having been fueled beforehand. They would top off fuel at Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Taishet, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Chita, and Birobidzhan if necessary before arriving at Khabarovsk where Logistics Infantry would disembark, then unload vehicles/equipment, and then load food and water into their trucks before then driving their fuel trucks to the nearest station and filling those up. This point would be where they sent out runs to affected communities and give them supplies.
Meanwhile, the 1080th Air Transport Regiment would begin loading 11 Il-76M and 19 Il-76 Strategic and tactical airlifters with 42 air dropable pallets each carrying 586 Russian Army Rations with attached cargo parachute systems. The other 30 Il-76 would be loaded with 42 airdrop able pallets each carrying 263 gallons of water. these pallets were also fitted with cargo drop parachute systems. While these were being loaded the planes would be fueled and crewed. Once the loading process was finished they would take off one at a time and ascend gently to 31,000 ft. Not bothering with formation they would more or less make their way to Novosibirsk International Airport individually where they would land one at a time and taxi to a parking spot to be fueled. From there they would once more one at a time take off and ascend to 31,000 ft and then travel to
Vladivostok International Airport where they would once more land safely, taxi, park, and get fueled. The plan was simple, on the last leg of the flight they would fly over the evacuation points as detailed by local leaders and authorities and airdrop supplies at all 54 locations. Also, they would at this point be traveling at their cruise speed of 472 mph.
The path they would have to travel is LO, MO, NO, OO, PO, and PN before arriving at Vladivostok International Airport. From there they would take off again after being fueled up and begin traveling at an altitude of 13,000 ft and speed of 248 mph. However, upon approaching one of the towns/cities they would dip down to 984 ft and 161 mph. Ahead of time local authorities and law enforcement would have been told to mark suitable drop zones in or around Severo-Kurilsk, Baykovo, Radygina, Ust-Kamchatsk, Il'pyrskoye, Село Вы́венка, Korf, Tilichiki, Село Па́хачи, Apuka Апука, Khatyrka, Meynypilgyno, Beringovskii, Ugolnye Kopi, Kekra, Ul'ya, Vostretsovo, Novaya Zemlya, Okhotsk, Bulgin, Inya, Novaya Inya, Ushki, Balagannoye, Tauysk, Arman, Novikovo, Ozerskoye, Okhotskoye, Starodubskoye , Sovetskoye , Firsovo , Vzmor'ye , Vostochnoye , Zaozernoye , Porech'ye, Makarov, Tumanovo , Lermontovka, Gastello , Poronaysk , Katangli, and Okha. Making sure they were marked clearly with flares or smoke. Each location would receive an immediate 23 pallets of rations and 23 pallets of water each to supplement them until the ground supply arrived. After that, the aircraft would return to Vladivostok International Airport where they would land, tax, and then begin to refuel while their pilots took a break. For this part of the operation, they would fly PN, QN, QO, QP, RP, RO, QN, and PN.
None of these actions would happen immediately as they take time however things can happen at any point during the time of travel. This is merely a statement of intent.
With the Chilean authorities relaying the message of the impending Tsunami, the New Zealand Government would waste absolutely no time responding given the country's extreme vulnerability. The Cabinet would begin acting personally and would make their way to the National Crisis Management Centre, colloquially known as the "Beehive Bunker" which is designed to withstand most natural disasters. The Prime Minister, Helen Clark would be joined by the most notable members of Cabinet: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, Treasurer Michael Cullen, Minister for Civil Defence George Hawkins, Minister of Defence Phil Goff, Minister of Energy Pete Hodgson and Minister of Health Annette King. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management would begin getting into full swing for preparations. Their immediate concern was the dependent territory of Tokelau and the states in Free Association with New Zealand; the Cook Islands and Niue. Civil Defence would begin blasting sirens in the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.
On the radio, messages would be broadcasted through the Civil Defence system alerting residents of Tokelau, the Cook Islands and Niue to evacuate to higher ground IMMEDIATELY and away from the coastline if possible and if there isn't higher ground available, to get inside and shelter inside their homes or another structure, preferably those which are deemed earthquake strong. The Government would determine that a tsunami to reach New Zealand's main islands would take 14 hours if originating from Chile. This would give enough time to send more detailed information to residents of New Zealand. A nation-wide broadcast would begin through radio, television and other media means to alert New Zealanders to begin activating the Tsunami Action Plan. The focus would be those residents who live in coastal areas of the following regions:
- Northland (eastern coastline)
- Auckland (north of Waiwera coastline)
- Auckland (eastern coastline between Waiwera and Whakatiwai)
- Waikato (eastern coastline)
- Bay of Plenty
- Hawke's Bay
- Manawatu-Wanganui (eastern coastline)
- Manawatu-Wanganui (western coastline)
- Wellington (eastern coastline) - Wellington (Wellington Harbour)
- Marlborough - Nelson - Tasman
- Southland (southern coastline)
- Chatham Islands
- All outlying islands of New Zealand
Those in red would be ordered evacuations of "tsunami evacuation zones" and those in orange would be advisory.
Sirens in these regions will not begin blasting until 2 hours prior to the tsunami's arrival. People are being urged to take whatever means possible, car, walking, biking to move away from coastal areas NOW and to move inland and/or to higher ground. Police would begin moving out in force across the country to make sure people are movig in an orderly fashion and not causing freeways to congest. People in Auckland would be notified that due to its geographical positioning inside the Hauraki Gulf that large waves would not be expected for the eastern side of the Auckland metropolitan coastline but that preparations should be made anyway for people that are in the predesignated "tsunami evacuation zones" to move to higher ground. The Government would be keen to avoid mass panic and evacuations in Auckland, hence the warning only for those in the tsunami evacuation zones to move. Evacuation centres would begin being prepared across the country in higher ground more prone areas. Boats would be ordered into port and to begin preparations to tie them down and prepare them for large waves. Due to Wellington's location inside Wellington Harbour, this would not be a huge concern and people only in the "tsunami evacuation zones" would be asked to make their way to higher ground.
The Government's main priority was the populated urban areas of Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier, Christchurch, Timaru, Blenheim and Dunedin. Residents of Christchurch and the wider Canterbury plain would be the main concern due to its flat location, big population and adjacency to the sea. Police would be out in force to make sure people were evacuating in an orderly fashion inland (not so much to higher ground which was limited in the Cantebury plain). Main urban areas were people in tsunami evacuation zones would be advised to move but not ordered to would be Invercargill, Nelson and Whanganui.
Roughly midnight in Chile as the event was about the unfold. For the British Prime Minister, it was business like usual. Having woken up around that time (5am in the UK) to the sound of his alarm clock. Skewing out of his bed, his feet touching the cold floor before sliding them through his rabbit slippers. Covering himself with his red queen-insignia'd robe and heading outside the bedroom; rubbing his hands over his face, trying to gather his bearings. Within minutes, his red phone from his office would begin to beep, a sign that something major was occurring and required his immediate response. Stumbling through his hallway in a hurry, this caused his slipper to dislodge from his foot. Forcing his big toe to slam into the side of the door leading to a loud yell "AHHH, YOU FUCKER!", proceeding to make to his office and collapse in his chair. Clearing his throat despite the throbbing pain that cursed his toe. He gracefully picked up his phone "Andrew Evans speaking". Only to be met with the news that an enormous, 9.6 earthquake had struck Chile and that this could cause a potential loss of life to those in the British Oversea Territories. "Understood.. I'll be right there." he responded coldly, placing the phone down and making for his dresser where he'd quickly look to get his suit out and get ready in an unusual haste.
The banging and stomping was enough to wake up his wife who removed her eye mask, staring at him with an unamused roll of the eyes. "What now, someone best be dying!" she snapped. Obviously used to been disturbed in the night, but it never got easier. Andrew merely looked to her, "The Pitcairn Islands Inhabitants probably.", it was enough to shut her up with a simple "Oh." as if she had made a crucial mistake. Awkwardly embracing this by placing her eye mask back on and rolling over. Fortunately the pair were confined to their private quarters, that would've been political suicide. Nonetheless, the moment he was dressed and his teeth brushed, he was rushing across to the operations room in that same building where some members of the cabinet were there. Somewhat similiar to a Cobra Meeting but specific for Disaster Relief. An hour passed and the meeting was concluded, they had discussed the threat to life, and the response from the British Government. The Prime Minister was to receive hourly updates, even if their wasn't any change to be given. It was his intention to keep fully involved in the event with a speech to be made at roughly 11am to address the threat. It wouldn't be much longer before an official statement was made but due to the threat of a Tsunami, and the speed they can travel across Oceans as advised by the Chief of Science. This warning was pushed out to the Pitcairn Islands, which hosts a population of around 50 residents:
"ALERT. TSUNAMI ALERT IN AFFECT FOR PITCAIRN ISLANDS. EVACUATE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND.
This alert will remain in effect until further notice.
Refer to gov.uk/pitcairn for further information."
By the sea, the response from the Royal Navy is roughly 5 days. By Air, significantly less but with severe restrictions on where aircraft can land. The focus was to ensure the population on the island were able to go to the highest point in the hopes they could hold out. This caused severe concern for how the government could respond. With that in mind, a memo was pushed to the US Government, and by extension, the US Navy, requesting their immediate assistance at the British Oversea Territory to help evacuate or assist in the recovery process until the Royal Navy arrived which would, unfortunately, be well into the aftermath if it got to that stage. (@John). Although the chance of helping their own people were limited, Maritime Group One at Diego Garcia were put forward for imminent deployment. Ensuring they were fully supplied, carrying additional crates of food, water, medicine and other essential supplies on-board each vessel. The group were to be the disaster relief effort and support all affected islands and countries in the area. With that in mind, MG1 departed following the route: MI>NI>OH>PH>OH>RH>AH>BH>CH>DG. The Commodore aboard the Invincible-class Aircraft Carrier would also extent a request to New Zealand (@Owen) to use a port for resupplying if and when required for the British Disaster Relief effort.
Over in the UK, the British Red Cross were also planning to mobilize their volunteers to assist the international effort in the event the Tsunami presents a loss to life which is what was predicted at the moment. Expressing their intent to deploy across the numerous islands and affected countries to offer their support.
The request to use a port, Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, would be granted to the UK Government but would be noted that it cannot be guaranteed and would be subject to what state the port is in after the tsunami has passed. The New Zealand Government has also offered to be first response to the Pitcairn Islands and will immediately deploy a RNZAF P-3 Orion to survey damage to the island once the tsunami has passed. The New Zealand Government has asked the UK Government to consider helping in the broader humanitarian effort in the Pacific, rather than just the Pitcairns, to take strain off the limited New Zealand response.
The Spanish Red Cross has offered to deploy volunteers, doctors, nurses and other emergency support workers to any of the stricken countries in South America and has also offered to deploy them to New Zealand to support the medical personnel in that part of the world. The Director-General of the Spanish Red Cross is expected to meet with the Spanish Government later today.
Once the Tsunami reached within 4 hours of French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and New Caledonia, sirens would blare across the Islands as people were ordered to evacuate to higher ground and ocean goers were ordered to move their boats and ships to areas where the depth reaches at least 200 ft, both orders would be broadcast over the television and radio, as well as by police, who would announce it over loudspeakers as they drove through the streets and would go door-to-door in some multi-family units to ensure maximum reach. In Metropolitan France, 12 passenger flights (four for each territory) would be chartered to carry doctors, nurses, firefighters, EMTs, and other aid workers to the affected areas, 12 cargo flights would also be chartered to bring food, water, and other forms of immediately necessary aid. Given the travel time, the passengers and cargo would be staged and loaded as quickly as possible, and the flights would leave as soon as they were ready.
The first populated islands outside of Chile to face the force of the tsunami were the British-owned Pitcairn Islands. Their relative closeness to South America, compared to the rest of those places that would be affected, meant that they would unfortunately be met with the largest waves. The Pitcairn islanders live a life very different than their fellow subjects in London. Cars were exceptionally uncommon. Most residents got around the island on basic ATVs through the small island's network of dirt roads that connected the descendants of mutineers and Pacific Islanders.
A notable problem for the British response had to do with how the people of Adamstown received electricity. Power was only generated from 7am to 10pm via diesel generators which were owned by the Island's Council. The only means of communication to the island during the time of blackout would either be by satellite-phone or long-distance radio. By some incredible stretch of luck, the Magistrate of The Pitcairn Islands, Jay Warren, was in the radio shack where the island's only satellite phone was kept. It was only used for government purposes, including communication with the United Kingdom. He answered the phone and wrote down the message he was given authorities. Unfortunately, no one on the island could go to the website for more tsunami information because there was no internet access on Pitcairn Island. The fact that the British government cared enough to send a message, this time, at least showed that the relationship between the Pitcairn people and Britain was slightly more than it was before.
This wasn't the first time that the island had been hit by a tsunami. While some of the islanders had experienced this kind of natural disaster before, this would be the worst one in living memory for most of the islanders. There were, however, some things that were playing in the Pitcairn's advantage. Firstly, there were only a little over 50 people living on the island. Secondly, the populated part of the island was not at sea level, but was instead located higher on the rocky island. And thirdly, it wouldn't be that hard for the people of the island to get to higher ground. The Magistrate, who had been drinking, stumbled out of the radio shack and first ran to the ATV he had used to get to the shack. He drove to his home and woke up his wife, and told her to take their spare ATV and begin telling as many people as possible. Virtually everyone on the island was asleep at this time. The Magistrate went to wake other members of the small local government so that they could coordinate where everyone would go. The decision was made to gather everyone near the Magistrate's home, make a headcount, and then have all of the residents take their ATVs to the highest point on the island. This was done within an hour or so.
Residents at the top of the island wielded flashlights. Some of the residents could smell rum on the breath of the Magistrate, but awaited the top of the island. Hours later, everyone watched as a 40-foot high surge of water crashed into the southeastern part of the island. The island's dock in Bounty Bay was smashed hard and damaged, but since most of it was concrete, it was not entirely obliterated. The water smashed against rock and tore palm trees out of the ground. The path going up from Bounty Bay is appropriately-named "Hill of Difficulty" due to the steepness and length of the path. The 40-foot tsunami did, at some points, build up to nearly 100 feet due to swelling, but none of Adamstown was flooded or destroyed. The only structures that were destroyed was the dock in Bounty Bay, and a single home on the "Hill of Difficulty" path which was only damaged. The residents of the island, who were now nearly 1000 feet above sea level, began walking back down to their town so that they could go back to sleep. The Magistrate assessed the damage done to the island and called the Foreign Office in London. He would report that the dock was damaged and in need of repairs so that they could get regular shipments of food and supplies again. Until this could be done, he requested that some stockpiles of fresh water and food be brought to the island as a precaution, as well as some medical supplies and diesel to run their generators. He asked whomever answered to thank the Prime Minister for helping protect his people. @Jamie
The next populated islands to feel the force of the tsunami were those of French Polynesia, which includes 118 islands and atolls, of which 67 are permanently inhabited. The most populated of these islands, and the headquarters of the government of French Polynesia, is Tahiti. The President of The Government of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse, was one of the first people to hear from the government in Metropolitan France that a tsunami was possibly incoming to the islands. He and his administration participated in the efforts to help inform the people of the islands to get to safety. However, he would briefly inform the French government that there were many islands, especially atolls, that were barely above sea level and were likely to be exceptionally devastated by even a small tsunami. This would prove to be true.
Tahiti - Some of the most chaos and confusion in French Polynesia would be felt in Tahiti. Tens-of-thousands of people were awoken early in the morning to police sirens and emergency workers trying to wake and alert people throughout the cities on the island. The radio and television broadcasts became more effective once citizens were awoken by the aforementioned noise. Unfortunately, there simply wasn't enough of these resources to quickly wake up and inform most of the population of the island. Those that did wake up panicked, of course. Many half-asleep citizens rushed to their vehicles and started driving away from their low-lying cities. However, very few roads actually went up into the volcanic mountains that made up most of the islands. Soon, thousands of people were parking their vehicles on the side of the road and abandoning them to go uphill. Some were carrying valuable belongings, while others were carrying their children as they braved their way into the tropical jungle. While this sounds extreme, there was simply no other choice.
Despite the chaos on Tahiti, many people did actually have enough time to get to higher ground. That being said, despite the best efforts of the government, the tsunami would strike while many Tahitians were still asleep in their homes, or stuck in traffic while they were trying to get to a higher part of the island. The number of abandoned cars on the roads were staggering. Thousands upon thousands of cars were washed away to the sea or different parts of the island.
The communities which faced the most destruction were: Tautira, Teahupo'o, Matiti, Vair'o, the (relatively) major city of Taravao, Papeari, Mataiea, and Papara. Pape'ete, the capital of French Polynesia, was luckily spared from a direct hit of the tsunami thanks to its position in the northwest part of the island. However, it was still not spared from flooding throughout the entire town and significant damage to structures that were directly on the coast. Roughly 450 people died upon impact of the tsunami, and thousands more needed hospitalization or medical treatment. Power and communication was knocked out on most of the island, Fa'a'ā International Airport was flooded, and Aéroport de Moorea Temae was more seriously damaged. To prevent further loss of life, relatively substantial relief efforts would need to be brought to the islands in the form of rescue workers, doctors and nurses, food, and bottled water.
Mo'orea - While it was still affected, the island was largely shielded from the worst of the tsunami by its sister-island, Tahiti. The only exception would be the aforementioned airport on the island, Aéroport de Moorea Temae, which was more damaged than Tahiti's international airport. While the island did suffer flooding in different places, the massive surge of water was slower and much less damaging here. Only 37 people were killed upon impact, and only a few hundred people required medical attention. That being said, thousands of homes were still flooded or totaled by the flooding.
Raiatea - This island, and the other islands of the Leeward Islands which were northwest of Tahiti, were partially shielded from the worse of the tsunami by Tahiti and Mo'orea. Raiatea and other islands in the Windward islands still suffered flooding and, in some places, a tsunami up to 40 feet high. As on the other islands, people here were killed, displaced, without electricity or communication, and in need of help. The airport on Raiatea was flooded, but it was not heavily damaged. This goes the same for the small city of Uturoa.
Hiva Oa - This island, and the ones near it, bore the full force of the tsunami and suffered near forty-foot waves. The settlement hit the hardest were those facing the southeast, including Atuona.
Nuku Hiva - Taioha'e, Ho'oumi, Taipivai, and Hakaui all received significant damage and loss of life. Luckily, with the airport being on the other side of the island, it would only suffer slow flooded instead of the brunt full force of the waves.
This Archipelago consists largely of atolls which are low-lying either at, or just above, sea level. The sand and land of these atolls sit on top of thousands of years of coral that has grown atop ancient volcanic mountains which now just so happen to sit right at sea level. The Archipelago had a population of around 15,000, but was hit the hardest because most of the islands were so low-lying. It would later be estimated that close to 650 people were killed. Thousands were remarkably washed out to sea or the lagoons of their atolls. Most were able to swim back to shore or simply waited for the waters to recede. These people were at risk not because there were large numbers of people congregated in one place, but because the populations were sparse and on their own.
Interestingly, the Gambier Islands are largely contained within a massive atoll. The population of the islands are small, only around 1500. Luckily, these people had high peaks which they could head to. They faced significant damage to their homes, most of which were located in the small town of Rikitea. Residents of the islands heeded government advice and went to the highest parts of the island. The small community here worked well together, similar to their distantly related brothers on Pitcairn Island. Still, hundreds of homes were either entirely destroyed or flooded, and the peoples would be in need of relief in all forms.
This island group is the southernmost of the French Polynesian Islands. Their impact from the tsunami was less than the rest of French Polynesia, but was still very real. The damage that happened here was less than compared to the other island groupings, but many people were still injured or killed. @Logan
By the time the tsunami made it to Hawaii, the surge itself was down from 40 feet to 35 feet tall. Thankfully, geography was largely on the side of the Hawaiian people. The big island of Hawaii absorbed most of the impact of the massive surge, however the other islands would not be entirely spared from destruction and death. American efforts to inform the public via the Emergency Broadcast System were successful. It would take fifteen hours for the waves to reach the Hawaiian islands, which meant that there was plenty of time for residents to get to higher ground. The same can be said for the ships is the United States Navy's second fleet, who wisely moved out of Pearl Harbor and into the open sea where the swell would be much smaller, if not barely noticeable. Still, throughout the State of Hawaii, 74 people were killed and 225 were injured. These are very hopeful numbers for a region of more than one-million people. What was more significant was the damage from the tsunami which outright destroyed 1300 homes, damaged 3000, and only flooded thousands upon thousands more homes, condos, and resorts. An area known as Hilo Bay was especially affected, with over 600 homes being destroyed. Power was knocked out for large parts of the islands, and roads were swamped with downed palm trees, totaled cars, and boats which were now sitting atop dry land. The international airport on O'ahu was easily flooded and a number of buildings were either destroyed or damaged to the point that they wouldn't be able to be used right after the flooding was over. While there was worries of the tsunami striking Guam and American Samoa, the effects of the tsunami there were much less. Only nine people died, and damage done to these territories outside of Hawaii were below $75,000,000. @John
The Cook Islands, Tokelau, and Niue would be indeed hit by the tsunami. Luckily, they had a relatively fair amount of time to prepare for the tsunami, the surge of which was not as high as it was for the Pitcairn Islands or southeast French Polynesia. Still, warnings from the government were very helpful in moving thousands of people to more safe areas. Significant flooding and a low amount of destruction occurred to homes and businesses on the islands. The primary concern was, at this point, similar to what it was in French Polynesia. The distribution system of food, water, and goods was now entirely disrupted. Not only that, but electricity and in some cases even clean water were not available to large swaths of people on these small islands. Local officials began requesting aid from New Zealand's central government. These requests ranged from bottled water, to a request for a small surge of doctors, nurses, and non-perishable food. Rescue workers and construction crews were also needed, along with fuel to operate generators.
The first people near New Zealand-proper to be affected were those at Pitt Island and, to a lesser-degree, Chatham Island. The population of Pitt Island, numbering around 40, watched in horror as the water receded and the large 3-meter high tsunami wave began approaching the island. Residents were able to evacuate to higher ground, but were now entirely alone and isolated from the outside world as small docks and the very few coastal structures that were there were now gone or damaged.
Clifton, Napier, and Te Awanga - The tsunami surge here was up to 4.5 meters here on these coastal communities. Napier, the largest of the three, saw a massive surge of water enter into their community an turn hundreds of coastal hotels, restaurants, bars, and homes into snapped lumber and broken glass. Evacuation orders and advisories from the central government led to many people - especially of those directly on the coast - to evacuate and seek higher ground. Still, hundreds of people were injured and caught in the water, while several thousand more were made homeless in a matter of minutes.
Little Akaloa Bay - The geography of the bay encouraged a surge of over 3.6 meter-high which devastated the small New Zealand community. Virtually everyone in the small town was evacuated, but the town was practically obliterated at the coast, which virtually every other building being flooded.
Oamaru - The city of Oaamaru was another of the cities on the island to see an especially high surge from the tsunami due to a number of factors, including geography and the angle of attack from the ocean. The hilly terrain close to the sea prevented the tsunami from going too far inland, but only made the water build up even higher as if a dam were in place. Again, like Clifton, the area was devastated where people were mostly evacuated, but hundreds were still injured and many thousands of homes were destroyed. Power for the entire city went out, causing many people to stay in the hills for fear that there may be follow-up waves which they wouldn't be able to hear being reported. Many people were trapped in collapsed homes or in their cars which were floating throughout the city.
Roughly the affected area from the Tsunami in the Christhurch metropolitan area.
Christchurch - While Wellington would largely be spared from the tsunami, the same could not be said for Christchurch. The above map roughly shows the areas that were affected by the tsunami. Tens-of-thousands of structures were flooded, while thousand directly on the coast were obliterated. Critical infrastructure like power lines, bridges, water treatment facilities, police stations, and hospitals were damaged or otherwise compromised. It goes without saying that this would be one of the biggest issues for New Zealand's government to handle. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of residents who didn't evacuate in time, didn't take the evacuation orders seriously, or couldn't evacuate were stranded in flooded parts of the city. However, most people did evacuate in time and take the orders from the government seriously.
The actions of New Zealand's government so far had saved thousands of lives and so far kept the total death count below 30 in the mainland. It would now be up to the central government to respond to the devastated communities who needed help. @Owen
While it was thousands upon thousands of miles away, the tsunami still had a concentrated destructive effect on some parts of Japan - specifically the region of Sanriku. The cities most impacted were Sendai, Rikuzentakata, Ishinomaki, Kamaishi, Miyako, and Kuji. All of these places saw their coastal defenses tested, with only a few rare instances of the defenses being overrun by the surge of water. No one is to believed to have died, however parts of Kuji, Sendai, and Kamaishi were indeed flooded. The damage was so minimal due to the preparations of the Japanese, however, that power was not knocked out anywhere in the country. @Suvorov
Kamchatka - Russia would be perhaps the most far-flung country that was effected by the tsunami. The sparsely populated peninsula of Kamchatka would see a surging tsunami of up to 29 feet in some places. Coastal cities throughout the west coast of Kamchatka were affected by the tsunami which mercilessly dumped thousands of tons of frigid Pacific seawater into towns and cities. Place that were affected the most and in most need of help included Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Петропавловск-Камчатский, Ossora, Tymlat, Il'pyrskoye Ильпырское, and Magazin Yelena Produktovyy. All of these places in particular were especially devastated with a massive surge of waves destroying hundreds of structures and misplacing many more people. In some of these cities, people were able to head for higher ground, but in other places it simply was not practical. The need for relief from the Russian government was great in these specified places, as surviving local leaders began calling Moscow for assistance. Some 225 people were estimated to be dead so far, while up to 4000 were now homeless. The logistical problems of reaching some of these places meant that the Siberian Railroad and the Russian Air Force, which were already being used, were wise choices by leadership in Moscow. It was now time for the major response to take place to help these isolated communities and small cities. @HeadlessSeeker
When the waters passed, Yukiko looked around her home town of Sendai. Her family was huddled together for what felt like hours until the police cars drove past and announced the all clear. Ocean water ran through the streets. The collective gasp everyone was holding in seemed to be released as they realized that they were fine. Her father called her inside as they watched the news...
“.... no casualties reported and damage appears to be minimal. The sea walls proved effective in this storm. The government has instructed everyone to remain at home as damage is assessed. We will have additional reports tomorrow. Please report any damage or injuries to your local police.”
MESSAGE TO THE WORLD
On national television the Prime Minister addressed the world.
“To our friends and neighbors of the Pacific Ocean. Ours is a paradise, a beauty, but also a constant challenge. We know all too well the dangers inherent with our portion of the world.
It is never a matter of if, but when, another disaster will strike our region.
Fortune has spared Japan from the worst of it. The tireless efforts of our Ministry of Disaster Management have proven invaluable. We thank them...”
The Prime Minister bowed deeply, the other ministers on the stage did the same.
The Prime Minister raised his hands, “BANZAI!” And bowed, “BANZAI” and bowed, “BANZAI” and bowed a third time.
“Our friends, we were fortunate enough to be spared. As such, Japan is opening ourselves to helping our neighbors.
The Japanese Ground, Air, and Naval Self Defense Forces have been mobilized and retooled. To any nations that seek it, we will send one of our replenishment ships laden with supplies and soldiers to assist in the aftermath.
Furthermore, we will dedicate $10 Million towards disaster recovery. Any affected areas may ask for aid.
The Russian Government would set aside an emergency fun for the 4,000 now homeless individuals of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Петропавловск-Камчатский, Ossora, Tymlat, Il'pyrskoye Ильпырское, and Magazin Yelena Produktovyy. This emergency fund would provide each house hold with $100,000.00 to rebuild for those that did not have home insurance and were thus not able to aquire a new home. In theory this could cost up to $400,000,000.00. However, this was long term planning for an situation that needed immediate remedy.
The 60 Il-76 or 11 Il-76M and 49 Il-76 after returning and landing safely from their supply drops would have had given the crews a brief rest while new supplies were loaded into the aircraft. 10 aircraft were loaded with 42 pallets of Plash-Palatka Canvas Tarps (Brought out from storage having been Soviet issue and in great surplus). The other 10 were loaded up with 42 pallets of Russian Military Flannel Blankets. The goal here was threefold. 1. Give Civilians quick immediate shelter from the elements. 2. Give civilians protection from rain. 3. Keep Civilians warm at night.
Once they were loaded the pilots would board the aircraft once more and after being fueled they would take off one at a time safely. They would airdrop 84 air dropable pallets with parachutes attached to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Петропавловск-Камчатский, Ossora, Tymlat, Il'pyrskoye Ильпырское, and Magazin Yelena Produktovyy. 84 Plash-Palatka Canvas Tarps pallets and 84 Russian Military Flannel Blanket pallets. This air drop would occur once more at the designated drop sites. Making the drops at 984 ft and 161 mph they would return to 31,000 ft and their cruise speed after finishing before returning to Vladivostok International Airport and landing safely one at a time before they would then taxi into a parking spot.
Meanwhile after unloading from their trains the 2nd Transport Battalion would begin loading 2,500 rations into each of their 100 Ural-4320-190. They would pair off into groups of 20 Ural-4320-19 for 5 different convoys. Each convoy being given a single Ural-4320 Tanker with full fuel in order to keep them moving for the miles of road without gas stations. In total each convoy was carrying 50,000 rations. They would set out the 20 convoys heading individually for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Петропавловск-Камчатский, Ossora, Tymlat, Il'pyrskoye Ильпырское, and Magazin Yelena Produktovyy.
Four sets of two M62 locomotives were coupled and would have 12 passenger cars, 6 Covered goods wagons, and 1 Steam generator car coupled to them weighing all together 1167 tons. All together that is 8 M62 locomotives being used. This was for the purpose of transporting the people of 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 5th Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Medical Battalion, and 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. The covered goods wagaons being filled with one half rations and one half water gallons. The troops would take 7 days worth of clothes (VSR 93 uniforms including boots, underwear, and socks), hygiene kits, and 5 days worth of food both on a person and in the 6 covered goods wagons. They also took enough water for the trip which would take 5 days and 15 hours. They also took with them Lifchik chest rigs with six 30 round AK-74M magazines with 30 FMJ rounds. Each also took with them their AK-74 rifle.
Another two coupled M62 locomotive would be coupled to pull 12 heavy load flat cars weighing 41 tons would each carry either two MTU-72 or two BREM-1M. The MTU-72 weighing 40 tons and the BREM-1M weighing 41 tons. 8 BRM-3K Rys would be carried on 4 heavy load flat cars weighing 41 tons while they themselves would weigh in at 18.7 tons with each flat car carrying two. 34 normal capacity flat cars weighing 29 tons each would be loaded with 102 Ural-4320 weighing 8 tons each and 3 were put on each flat car. Each of the 1 BMM-1, 1 BMM-2, 1 BMM-3 were put on a single normal capacity flatcar weighing 29 tons while each of them weighed in at 13.6 tons. The weight being pulled weighed all together 3165.4 tons.
A single M62 Locomotive would e coupled with 13 normal capacity flatcars weighing 29 tons would be tasked with carrying 91 VAZ-2122 Reka with 7 loaded per flatcar. The pulled weight would all together weigh 492 tons.
The new trains were fueled and then would one at a time head down the Trans-Siberian line. Making fuel stops and supply stops at Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Taishet, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Chita, and Birobidzhan if necessary before arriving at Khabarovsk. Once at Khabarovsk the Soldiers would disembark, rest up, and get ready to deploy to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Петропавловск-Камчатский, Ossora, Tymlat, Il'pyrskoye Ильпырское, and Magazin Yelena Produktovyy to help the local population.
In the non affected towns/cities people would be given permission to return home though those from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Петропавловск-Камчатский, Ossora, Tymlat, Il'pyrskoye Ильпырское, and Magazin Yelena Produktovyy were instructed to stay put to receive supplies and further instructions and assistance. To continue to follow instructions by local authorities.
The plan was simple. Keep a flow of supplies flowing via the rail and airways to keep the displaced alive. At the same time send in the
2nd and 5th Combat Engineer Battalion to help clear out the damage and build more solid temporary shelter. The 2nd Medical Battalion to help supplement local medical providers. The 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion to locate the lost.
The small amount of emergency services that would be on Tokelau, Niue and the Cook Islands would be deployed across the island and would ration their resources where they could, Civil Defence and Fire Service members would be searching through rubble and debris looking for whoever may still be alive. Police would be corden off areas.
With the tsunami now passing through New Zealand, the Beehive Bunker would be abuzz with activity. Local New Zealand Fire Service units of those that haven't had their equipment washed away would be deployed up and down the eastern coastline. Fire trucks and police officers would be moving into affected areas. Local and nearby Civil Defence rescuers would also begin moving in with full gear on ready to rescue people in their homes. Civil Defence members from across the country would begin being deployed to the eastern coastline. The New Zealand Government would continue to urge people to avoid travelling so that the roads may be clear. Those who had fled would return back to their homes, destroyed or not destroyed. Unfortunately some people would return to nothing but rubble. Communities which would be severely impacted would be:
- South Dunedin
Localised high tides and minor flooding would be reported in Auckland, Taranaki region, Manawatu-Wanganui region on the western coastline, Invercargill and Southland region, Nelson region and Tasman region.
Civil Defence would deploy small rafts where areas would still be flooded, but given that the tide would retreat, not many areas were flooded and it was only areas where the Geography prevented the water from rescinding, particularly Christchurch. Police would corden off areas which had been reduced to rubble from the general public except those who resided in the area. Some who resided would return to clear through rubble. Most of them had been asked to report to local evacuation centres which would be set up by Civil Defence and the Army. That way the response could coordinate who has been accounted for and who is missing. With electricity poles being brought down, a lot of spot fires would break out across particularly Christchurch, Dunedin, Tauranga and Napier-Hastings. Fire trucks would begin responding from stations which hadn't been destroyed and some would come from far and wide.
Most of the New Zealand Defence Force had been spared due to the location of bases. The Army would be deployed from Linton and Trentham to Napier-Hastings, Gisborne and Tauranga. There they would help rescuers with clearing through rubble and searching for those still alive. The Army at Burnham would also be deployed to Christchurch, Timaru and Dunedin. The Army would also begin setting up evacuation centres in all the major affected communities listed above along with one in Auckland for those affected in Northland region. The Air Force would kick into high gear though. At RNZAF Base Auckland, all P-3 Orions would be called up to begin surveillance. One would take off and begin surveying the North Island coast all the way from Cape Reinga down to Wellington. Another would be deployed to the South Island, surveying from Blenheim down to Invercargill. One would be deployed eastwards to the Chatham Islands, where the small police contingency there is reporting widespread damage. A C-130 Hercules would also be deployed to go with that Orion, onboard the Hercules would be needed supplies such as food and water along with generators, tents and other stuff to set up evacuation points for the small population. Three Orions would remain and their job would be the wider Pacific region. One would take off and head towards the Pitcairn Islands and French Polynesia (RF -> AG -> BG -> BH). Another would go to the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa and American Samoa (RF -> AG -> AH). Another would head towards Tonga, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna and Tuvalu (RF -> RG -> RH). The last 3 would also be joined by C-130 Hercules with more or less the same supplies as that one going to the Chatham Islands. All the orions would have life rafts onboard which they can eject from the torpedo tubes if they spot ships or boats which may be in distress across the Pacific. The remaining C-130 Hercules would be deployed to Christchurch to assist in anyway possible.
The Air Force would begin deploying up to 10 Seasprites from RNZAF Base Auckland to survey the coastline and provide airlift capability along the Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty coastlines. The Air Force would also deploy all 18 UH-1 Iroquois to Gisborne, Napier-Hastings, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Dunedin and Timaru. There are reports coming in that Highway 1, the main highway linking New Zealand has been severely damaged near Kaikoura and is impassable meaning the north part of the South Island has been cut off from the southern part. The New Zealand Government would extend the state of emergency for a week and would ask for the United States (@John) and all other countries to begin sending necessary humanitarian aid and support to the nations across the Pacific.
The Spanish Red Cross would deploy volunteers, doctors, nurses and other emergency support workers such as paramedics to New Zealand on flights which had been chartered out by the charity to Spanish based airlines. The workers were trained in humanitarian aid and would assist their New Zealand counterparts in the areas they specialised in such as providing assistance and treating at local hospitals, driving ambulances back and forth to take the strain off New Zealand paramedics. All in all, the 308 Spanish workers would assist as best as they could.
Around ten minutes before the Tsunami hit, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Fort Island, using information transmitted to them from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tsunami Buoys that surrounded the Islands, issued a final broadcast over the Emergency Broadcast System informing that the Tsunami is about to hit the Islands, at the same time the Civil Defence Alarms around the islands would begin to sound to alert any of those outside that they need to get to safety.
After the impact of the Tsunami was over and the waters began to recede, which would be quite quickly on such a hilly terrain, Fire Departments all across the state would spring into action, aided by local and state police forces. Deploying inflatable boats and winches to rescue people from flooded houses and buildings. The Army National Guard on the island would be fully mobilised at this point, every soldier would be out on the streets assisting in the rescuing and giving of medical aid to those who are in need of it.
The ships that had recently left Pearl Harbour would begin the journey back towards their base, so that the sailors could assist in the rescue efforts of people.
It wouldn't be long before the all clear was given on the same Civil Defence Alarms, alerting people that they could start heading down the mountains and hills, but roving loudspeakers used by police would inform them not to head home and instead head to the nearest safe zone set up by the emergency and military services, so that they could be treated for any injuries and be provided with food until it is safe to head home. The Engineers of both the National Guard and regular army would be put to work repairing telephone and electrical lines around the islands, so that a sense of normality could be given as soon as possible.
The USNS Pililaau would be given orders to depart from its home port of San Diego, differing from its normal role, most of it's cargo space would be fitted with ISO Containers filled with medical supplies, food and bottled water. To accompany them, would be 16 M1070 Tractors and their trailers from the 40th Brigade Support Battalion.
In order to aid the hospitals which would no doubt have an influx of people seeking medical attention, all members of the 1984th US Army Hospital Reserves would be called up by the governor, to set up aid stations and field hospitals.
Rear Admiral Daisuke Kuruma signed a document attached to a clipboard and handed it back to his subordinate. He stood on the docking platform while the JS Towada and Tokiwa were being loaded with emergency disaster relief supplies. The JS Hamana was being loaded with fleet supplies and logistics to support the fleet. The JS Kongo and JS Kirishima were being readied as well to serve as a fleet escort. Finally, the JS Osumi and Shimokita were being loaded with 300 members of the JGSDF from the 1st and 2nd Field Medic Battalions respectively, along with their ambulances and several medical supplies. This small detachment of the of the Self-Defense Forces would serve as Japan's humanitarian relief fleet. Rear Admiral Daisuke would serve as the commander of this fleet and as Japan's representative in the field.
Once the fleet was loaded, they would set a course for New Zealand following this pre-planned path (PM>PL>PK>PJ>QI>QH>QG>RF>RE). Japanese Air Self Defense Force YS-11 plane, loaded with no cargo and max fuel with centre-section bag tanks, would fly out ahead of the fleet to scout, maintaining regular contact with the fleet via secure communications channels. The YS-11, as part of the humanitarian effort, would land at airports along the way. Before the plane would take off, it would request landing rights at the next airport. If the airport would not permit landing, an alternative would be sought or the plane would remain at the last accepted airport. The planned airports would be: Kagoshima (JAP) > Taipei (TAIWAN) > Fransisco Bangoy Airport (PHIL) > Domine Eduard Osk Airport (INDONESIA) > Port Moresby (PAPUA NEW GUINEA) > Brisbane (AUS) > Kaitaia (NZ) > Christchurch (NZ). The plane's max range is 3,215 km in this arrangement and the plane would scout as much as possible between these jumps before heading to the next airport where it would refuel and restock for the next jump. The plane would have 4 pilots on board, each rotating piloting every 6 hours, giving each other pilot 18 hours between shifts. This was to ensure that the plane could fly non-stop. However, the plane would not out-fly the fleet, instead, keeping only one transit block ahead of the fleet. The exception to the pilots waiting for the fleet would be the jump from Domine Eduard Osk to Port Moresby, which would be done immediately.
As the fleet was leaving, New Zealand authorities would be contacted and permission requested for the fleet and plane to arrive in New Zealand and assist with the efforts. All together, 600 medics and 120 ambulances would be on hand to assist along with ships laden with supplies.
Still a few days away from arriving, the Royal Navy fleet continued their journey. Keeping up to date with any new developments from the Tsunami in the region and continued to send out messages to confirm they would be on scene soon to assist with any recovery operations required. Initially, their focus would be to deliver supplies to the Pitcairn Islands and help with reconstruction. In the meantime, the residents were by themselves. Receiving the call from London, Andrew Evans handled the call directly to reassure the Magistrate of the continued support the island would have during their hardship. Vowing that the British Fleet is getting closer by the hour to assist them. The entire thought process was to send a message to all British Oversea territories, identifying that they are not alone and that the distance isn't enough to prevent help getting to them.
Nonetheless, this has also raised concerns by the speed in which Britain can get to that side of the planet. Something that Andrew has raised as a flag for his governments party. Indicating they should be 'building bridges', not burning them. The lack of casualties was considering a huge success and any damage was reversible. Now it was just for the people of the island to work on recovering what they can, pending the Royal Navy to arrive and assist. It would be privately noted that the UK had also sent a request for aid to the US Forces but received no form of confirmation, putting the possibilities of an inquest forward as to why the UK Government didn't seek other governments to help instead of relying just on the US who failed to answer the call. Nonetheless, that inquest, if it came, would be after.
The relief effort would be going well, people would be set up in temporary accomodation set up by the Army and other services such as the New Zealand Red Cross. Aid would be delivered across New Zealand in the form of food and water relatively easily due to the ready supplies of both of those items in New Zealand and the extensive freight network. All in all, New Zealand was in a relatively lucky position to respond to this crisis. The main issue however was the less developed and less fortunate islands around the Pacific. The P-3 Orions would be surveying up and down the coast of New Zealand, the North Island one would record minor flooding in the Auckland North Shore and Whangarei, extensive damage in Tauranga between Papamoa Beach and Mount Maunganui including the airport with extensive flooding in the city centre due to hide tides in Rangataua Bay. Whakatane would be extensively destroyed as well as western parts of Gisborne including the airport. Napier would see extensive damage throughout the entire city with floodwaters creeping upon Hastings. There would be flooding at Wellington International Airport and the Lyall Bay and Island Bay areas of Wellington. There would be some minor flooding in Whanganui As for the South Island P-3 Orion, they would observe floodwaters creeping upon Blenheim though RNZAF Base Woodbourne would be spared. There would also be some minor flooding in Nelson. Kaikoura would be all but wiped off the map and Highway 1 between Kaikoura and Clarence would be destroyed and landslides would be occurring along the cliff face. Extensive destruction would be observed in Christchurch between the coast and the CBD including areas such as New Brighton, Linwood, Burwood and Aranui. Floodwaters would also begin to creep inside the Christchurch CBD. Communities would be damaged or destroyed on the Banks Peninsula including Lyttelton and Little Akaloa but Akaroa would be saved. Flooding would be extensive shown along the Canterbury Plain all the way to Timaru. Farms would be inundated and small communities destroyed. All in all most small communities on the edge of the eastern and northern coastline of both islands would be extensively damaged or destroyed. Timaru would see extensive damage in the port and CBD area. Dunedin would see floodwaters in Port Chalmers and in the Dunedin CBD due to high tides in the bay there but South Dunedin, St Kilda and St Clair would see extensive damage due to it facing the sea. Some minor flooding would also be observed in Invercargill. All of this information would be relayed back to the Beehive Bunker.
The Chatham Islands P-3 Orion would observed some flooding in Waitangi but not extensive damage. The same situation would be noticed in Flowerpot Bay down in Pitt Island. All in all the Chathams would see damage to nature but not so much damage to the population because of the location of communities on the western sides of the islands. The Cook Islands P-3 Orion and C-130 Hercules would observe extensive damage on the island of Rarotonga, including flooding at Rarotonga Airport. They also feared due to the geography of the island and the inaccessibiltiy of the higher ground that many people have infact died in the Cook Islands. The other smaller atolls and islands of the Cook Islands would see most of their communities completely destroyed. The C-130 Hercules would begin dropping the much needed supply by paradrop on open clear areas of land in Rarotonga and other smaller islands where that would be possible. The P-3 Orion would also see some stranded and damaged boats around the Cook Islands. It would deploy life rafts and emergency beacons and would radio out for ships in the area to help. Moving across to Niue the P-3 Orion would notice that only minor flooding would be reported in Niue due to its very fortunate cliff face along the eastern side of the island. Some of the cliff would be eroded away but all in all it would save the island from destruction. The P-3 Orion would continue north to American Samoa. It would observe that Maia on Manua Island would be destroyed. It would head across to the main island, there it would observe that Pago Pago would be extensive damaged and flooded along with the airport being made inaccessible to aircraft. People would hear the roar of the Orion and Hercules and would be pleading from the ground to be saved. Other smaller communities along the southern coastline such as Leloaloa and Fagaitua would also be destroyed. Supplies would be para dropped out of the RNZAF C-130 Hercules in the Pago Pago area. All of this information would be relayed back to the United States Government (@John). It would then head across to Samoa and would observe that on the main island, communities along the southern coastline had been destroyed but that Apia would be largely saved with only minor flooding. The airport at Faleolo would also be relatively saved with only minor flooding. This would be relayed to all governments providing aid that there an AVAILABLE AIRPORT in Samoa to land supplies. Damage would also be observed at communities on Savaii Island. It would then head north to Tokelau. Here, nothing would be left. Tokelau was made up of a series of Atolls which would mean that every building would be destroyed. Unfortunately due to it being an atoll the C-130 couldn't drop supplies there. From there it would turn back and head back to RNZAF Base Auckland.
The P-3 Orion and C-130 Hercules tasked with Tonga, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna and Tuvalu would head out with first stop in Tonga. There it would observe extensive damage and destruction on the main island particularly in Nuku'alofa and given the lack of higher ground it would be estimated that many people have died in Tonga. The C-130 Hercules would begin dropping supplies in open fields. The smaller islands of Tonga would also see extensive destruction. It would then head towards Fiji were damaged would be observed on the eastern islands and then on Viti Levu particularly in coastal areas of Suva, the capital and along the southern coastline. Supplies would be dropped in open fields. Nadi and Nausori Airports would be still free from damage and this would be made known to humanitarian efforts but due to Fiji's well established government and enough supplies in the country they would be deemed in low need. There would also be extensive damage on Vanua Levu in places such as Savusavu, Natua and Namalata. It would then head to Wallis and Futuna where moderate destruction would be observed on Futuna but more widespread destruction on Wallis Island. This would be relayed to the French Government (@Logan). It would then head to Tuvalu where most of the island country would be completley destroyed due to its low lying atolls, particularly the main atoll. Funafuti Airport would be inaccessible to aircraft and along with Tokelau this would be deemed the most urgent. The P-3 and C-130 would then head back to RNZAF Base Auckland.
The French Polynesia and Pitcairn Islands P-3 and C-130 would observe extensive damage on the islands of Raiatea and Tahaa. It would then head over to Tahiti where it would observe extensive damage on the southern and eastern coastline but Pape'ete would be saved and would only have minor flooding. There would also be minor flooding at F'a'a'a Airport but not enough to cause extensive damage and make it inaccessible to aircraft. The C-130 would begin paradropping supplies at the airport. There would be extensive destruction observed in the atolls to the northeast of Tahiti. They would then head to Pitcairn Island. There it would observed that Adamstown and most of the island had been spared due to its high positioning. The wharf would be completely swept out to sea though. The C-130 would fly low over the centre part of the island and would paradrop some supplies down, not a whole lot though because the population is only 50. This would be reported back to the UK Government (@Jamie). The two aircraft would head back to RNZAF Base Auckland.
Based on the observations of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the New Zealand Government would compile a list of the affected countries and the level of urgency they need aid based on a multude of factors including remoteness, level of destruction, level of supplies and government capabilities. It also notes the ways of being able to deliver aid.
Tokelau (Watercraft Only)
Tuvalu (Watercraft Only)
American Samoa (Watercraft Only)
Cook Islands (Aircraft Possible on Rarotonga, Watercraft elsewhere)
French Polynesia (atolls) (Watercraft Only)
Tonga (Aircraft Possible)
Wallis and Futuna (Watercraft Only)
Samoa (Aircraft Possible)
Pitcairn Islands (Watercraft Only)
French Polynesia (Tahiti, Raiatea, Taha'a) (Aircraft Possible on Tahiti, Watercraft elsewhere)
Fiji (Aircraft Possible)
New Zealand (Aircraft Possible)
Niue (Watercraft Only)
Hawaii (Aircraft Possible)
Kiribati (United States to investigate)
Vanuatu (Australia to investigate)
New Caledonia (Australia to investigate)
Nauru (United States to investigate)
Marshall Islands (United States to investigate)
Papua New Guinea (Australia to investigate)
Solomon Islands (Australia to investigate)
Federated States of Micronesia (United States to investigate)
Northern Mariana Islands (United States to investigate)
Guam (United States to investigate)
Palau (United States to investigate)
Norfolk Island (Australia to investigate)
Lord Howe Island (Australia to investigate)
The New Zealand Government has listed those countries it wishes the United States to send aircraft and investigate the damage done to them, including some United States territories (@John). Australia has been asked to investigate some of the neighbouring countries closer to it in the Pacific along with its territory of Norfolk Island.
Without word from the New Zealanders, the fleet continued to push ahead. The scouting planes were clearing the route of any potential hazards of threats (not that any were assumed but it was the protocol of the Navy). Rear Admiral Kuruma once again attempted to contact the New Zealand authorities. He would send the following message:
"This is the Japanese Humanitarian Mission Fleet en route from Japan. We are in receipt of your priority list. We are prepared to divert our efforts based on this list but we ask that you approve of our docking and landing requests. We seek to use North Island as a base of operations and staging area for our relief efforts as many of the affected islands are thousands of nautical miles away from our port of origin. We believe that North Island can serve as the headquarters for a coordinated, international relief effort. As we wish for the relief efforts to be as efficient as possible, it will be best for all nations involved to work together and coordinate. Our fleet is likely able to deliver aid to priority locations fastest and so we do not wish to have any delay in delivering needed supplies."
Soldiers and sailors on board would continue to consume any and all needed supplies as well as perform all necessary maintenance functions for both the ships and for themselves throughout the transit of the ships. Resource and supply levels would continue to be monitored and if anything was deemed as being below operational requirements, it would be addressed there. All logistics and maintenance operations would be performed to the required specifications.