Dear MendoFever Readers-
Around 6:00 a.m. alerts began to vibrate my phone as agencies set off alarm bells regarding the incoming tsunami expected to wash across America’s West Coast. Though more sleep could definitely have slept, my readers had to know.
In the cold of the morning as my wife and golden retriever snoozed I located satellite imagery of an ashen mushroom cloud rising above the Pacific and a shockwave that sent water ashore in Tonga’s capital and waves rushing to the North Coast.
As I write this, predictions are coming in that the tsunami could result in strong rip tides, flooding of low-lying coastal areas, and reports are emerging from Hawaii that boats ended up on top of docks as the waves came ashore.
In the next few moments, the waves are supposed to hit Fort Bragg, and by 8:00 a.m. the North Coast is slated to experience the brunt of them. I am hopeful the extent of damage will be metered and residents will be mindful to get too close.
During moments like this, where the warm bed calls but my duty to readers calls louder, I hope you would consider donating to my efforts. The work of MendoFever is rewarding, fulfilling, and at times downright exhausting. Your readership, interest, and support make those efforts worthwhile.
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Thank you for your sustained trust. Reporting is about relationships and I am grateful for all the friendships and connections I have made.
-Matt LaFever, Founder/Editor/Reporter of MendoFever