Fox News Channel reporter/anchor Courtney Friel and her husband, CNN producer/reporter Carter Evans had their family vacation to Hawaii interrupted last night with the news of the 8.9 earthquake in Japan, which triggered a tsunami headed for the islands.
Friel called in to Fox News around 4amET (11pm Thursday night Honolulu time) and was interviewed by anchor Greg Jarrett: “I’m on maternity leave,” said Friel, who gave birth to a baby boy on New Year’s Day. “My husband’s family is out here and we were on vacation and having dinner in Waikiki at a popular restaurant and these Japanese tourists were all on their phones and we were like, ‘why are they so busy?’ It turns out the alert came across that there was a tsunami watch and then we ran outside and the sirens started going off that the warning was in affect.”
Evans began reporting for CNN began in the 3amET hour, by 10amET he and Friel were both reporting from the tsunami warning center after the wave had passed over the Hawaiian islands and headed toward California.
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