Tsunami experts track what they call the beam of energy after a major earthquake like this. That beam was aimed away (mostly) from the northwest.
That saved us this time.
And you can clearly see the ‘finger’ of energy aimed toward Hawaii. This is based largely on the fault orientation and type of earthquake. Our sister station in Hawaii (KHON) did a great job with live streaming coverage.
Sea level did climb some spots along the Washington, Oregon, California & Alaska Coasts. Here’s the list: http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/php/obs1.php
This 7.7 earthquake made the top ten most powerful earthquake list for 2012.
The most powerful quake this year (so far) was an 8.6 off the coast of Northern Sumatra.
This is another reminder that it’s a matter of when — not if — we’ll be hit by a significant tsunami again.