posted on May, 2 2014 @ 12:03 PM
a reply to: FlyersFan
You are definitely right about there being bodies in many of those cars, but I would imagine that as long as the vehicle stayed above the surface, the
occupant possibly could have survived in some instances. The two main fears of being caught in such a torrential wash of water is drowning and
collisions with debris or solid structures. So theoretically speaking, if the occupant of a vehicle was not severely injured by the water impacting
their vehicle, and their vehicle did not fill with water above the occupant's head, staying in the car would offer some sort of protection. I don't
know the water temperature, or if the victims would get hypothermic, but drowning seems the biggest threat once the initial surge has struck.
I cannot imagine how terrible it would be to be driving and all of the sudden see a wall of water coming at me. I wonder if any of those cars that
turned around were able to outrun the incoming water? I know that in the open ocean a tsunami can travel upwards of 500 mph, but once it hits land it
will have to slow down. Still though, it is hard to tell just how fast it is moving.
It also depends however on the distance from the coast. The closer to the coast the larger the impact, as some energy will be lost as the surge moves
inland. What I find astonishing is that, as seen in the Indian Ocean tsunami, people stand there filming, watching this water surging towards them,
and they don't attempt to get to higher ground. I think what happens is this: you see water coming in, but it does not appear to be a traditional
wave. It is, as I said, a surge, and the water level itself seems to have risen for a short distance from the beach. The water gets piled up there due
to the shallow depth.
So I think this fools people. They don't see a massive wave, rather they just see a rush of water, and what I believe they're thinking is that it
will recede, because it can be difficult to tell that there is so much force behind the surge. So people stand there watching it, not realizing that
it will strike the building in which they are standing with a lot of force.