posted on Jul, 29 2013 @ 12:11 AM
reply to post by darkbake
Thanks for bringing this. I watch a lot of Nova, Nature, and Nat Geo Earth sciences shows. Before Indonesia, I had no idea a Tsunami wave
could be so devastating. Sure we heard about big waves, but our experiences with the real thing was lacking. The waves are not that high
but stretch back a long ways and keep coming ashore churning everything into confetti. Then another wave, and another. By the time its all done the
coast line is wiped clean as a slate.
So much footage that day showed people remaining close to shore line as the water receded. So many had no idea the wave would keep coming. Your
picture of the people on the beach when it actually breaks on the shore tells that they had no idea either. They knew there had been an earthquake,
they could see the Tsunami coming in the distance, they watched it as it swept them off their feet and dragged them away to mix with the big debris
blender. It only takes a foot or so of rushing water to sweep your feet out from under you. Swimming won't save you either, because the debris is
jagged and the water is swirling and churning. You get pulled under and battered to death.
Survivors of the first wave came down to the beach to wander around and where caught again in even bigger waves. I think this is what contributed to
the huge death toll that day. Not that there was no warning, the earthquake warned everyone. Not that there was no evacuation warning, people saw it
coming on the horizon.
Just that before that day, humanity had never actually recorded such an event in the modern world and we had no idea of the real danger.