Tonight we're airing an item about the South Florida Water Management District. They aren't in the news because of anything they've done wrong—rather, because of something they do very well: measuring the slightest change in the water levels in the aquifer beneath their territory.
You've no doubt heard by now that the Japan quake moved the entire nation slightly to the East and lowered the terrain in some places (which actually made for some localized flooding this weekend in concert with the so-called "Supermoon"). But you may not know that 34-minutes after the quake, underground water measurement devices started going wild in Florida. It took that long for the shaking to go all the way around the world—but they detected it, and it kept shaking for more than two hours.
A number of you have emailed us expressing your best wishes for the safety of our folks abroad and in harm's way. Please rest assured: as someone who often travels with them, they are pros in every way, and they will do their level best to stay safe. There's no such thing as being "assigned" to serve in a war zone in our company or any other. You must volunteer for duty. We are blessed with talented, experienced and brave foreign correspondents—and you'll see a few of them tonight.
We hope you can join us for our Monday night broadcast.