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Video shows tsunami surging across San Francisco Bay - Comments

Matt B's Avatar Comment 1 by Matt B

The raw power of nature unveiled. It's easy to forget how much we are at the mercy of nature, when our short lives give us only a limited glimpse of these devastating events that run on a massive geological timescale. Complacency with our environment can be a dangerous thing.

It's times like this when people should realize how important it is to work together as humans, and not against each other in quarreling sects. We're all in this life together. Though it goes against my typical pessimistic outlook, I feel that a surprising number of humans feel this way during such events. (If only more people could keep these feelings in mind between such tragedies.)

For what it's worth, my thoughts go out to all those who are suffering from this.


Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:48:56 UTC | #601759

Steve Zara's Avatar Comment 2 by Steve Zara

The pictures from Japan have been truly awful, the loss off life considerable, the cost to the country will be huge, and there will be rebuilding for many, many years.

The damage is because the tsunami isn't best thought of as a wave, but a change in sea level that goes on for kilometer after kilometer, on and on, covering the land.

One film of the wave showed drivers making doomed efforts to escape the on-coming wall of water. They didn't stand a chance.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:49:33 UTC | #601761

dreamer-71's Avatar Comment 3 by dreamer-71

And to think that such a large phenomenon originated thousands of miles away! Even at its most terrible, nature never ceases to fascinate.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:50:51 UTC | #601762

Atheist Mike's Avatar Comment 4 by Atheist Mike

Wow that's incredible, to think the earthquake that started this huge wave was the other side of the pacific! It's as though a giant had plunged in the ocean.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 01:25:18 UTC | #601781

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 5 by Neodarwinian

Missed that in all the Japanese horror. I was in the City today and no one mentioned it. Rather pales in comparison to what I have been seeing from Japan.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 01:47:21 UTC | #601791

Trojan Horus 's Avatar Comment 6 by Trojan Horus

Soon to be followed by a nice invisible radiation wave if the aptly named Fukushima plant melts down as now looks quite likely

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 01:53:28 UTC | #601795

prettygoodformonkeys's Avatar Comment 7 by prettygoodformonkeys

Fascinating, but almost academic after the horrific video from Japan. Can't shake the word that seems to describe both for me: inexorable.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 04:39:28 UTC | #601838

JuJu's Avatar Comment 8 by JuJu

Here is one from the town I live in. I live about a mile from where this video was shot. Its the mouth of the Mad River. Watch the guy standing on the bank, he almost gets wiped out.

watch video

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 07:25:29 UTC | #601848

essounny's Avatar Comment 9 by essounny

Oh look! It must have been Allah who did it again..

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 07:34:43 UTC | #601850

Trojan Horus 's Avatar Comment 10 by Trojan Horus

"Tides go in tides go out never a mis-communication" says Bill O'Reilly... except when tides go shooting up rivers and wipe out towns Bill?

Meanwhile, on another subject... has the partial meltdown of the cesium rod conceded to, been contained or not? Officials at "Fuk-u" say a Chernobyl style explosion can't happen... So why can't I entirely believe them?

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 08:06:43 UTC | #601855

eoinc's Avatar Comment 11 by eoinc

Why is it moving so slowly?

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 09:02:31 UTC | #601862

BigNoboDaddy's Avatar Comment 12 by BigNoboDaddy

@Comment 9 - Yes it was allah stocking up indiscriminately on virgins for the martyrs still to come.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:43:52 UTC | #601883

rookieatheist's Avatar Comment 13 by rookieatheist

Comment 11 by eoinc :

Why is it moving so slowly?

Slowly is quite relative. You'd be hard pressed trying to outrun that tidal surge if you were standing directly in its path.

Tsunamis, or tidal waves, move much more slowly near the coast than out in the open sea. In the middle of the Pacific the wave would have been moving about 500 km/hr, but would only have been about 20 or 30 cm in height. Near the coast, the sea gets much shallower (the continental shelf) which slows down the wave, but also causes it to pile up and become much higher.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 11:21:52 UTC | #601895

spongebob's Avatar Comment 14 by spongebob

Funny how God allows this to happen but seems to be powerless to help out or fail to care.

Will be curious to see the excuses pastors make up for this Sunday's sermons.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 17:34:40 UTC | #602034

SheilaC's Avatar Comment 15 by SheilaC


And from experience, it won't be long before we get repeats of the grotty science about the island of La Palma collapsing and creating a mega-tsunami. I live on La Palma, so I have an interest in finding out the truth about that one. To be polite about it, the science is deeply flawed.

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 18:27:52 UTC | #602049

lackofgravitas's Avatar Comment 16 by lackofgravitas

And in truly timely fashion, with all due respect to the Japanese people in their hour of need, The Daily Mail offers this explanation:


Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:35:30 UTC | #602060

Michael Gray's Avatar Comment 17 by Michael Gray

We pathetic humans need to be reminded once in a while of our impotence against the vast & pitiless awesome power of nature.

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 04:55:23 UTC | #602159

njwong's Avatar Comment 18 by njwong

After watching the clips of Japan, the above San Francisco video doesn't seem like much.

These are some footage showing the tsunami sweeping through some city in Japan. The destruction from the waters is absolutely unbelievable.

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 19:32:19 UTC | #602346

crookedshoes's Avatar Comment 19 by crookedshoes

Michael Gray,

I agree with you; we are impotent against nature. I am not so quick to call humans pathetic (certain ones more than others I am sure!) I was visiting a class room today where our most gifted kids learn. There was this 14 year old girl with about a 150 IQ, she was talking about the tsunami. Her exact words were "I wish I could have been there to avert this disaster". I was thinking "woah, what an inflated sense of self" at first.

But, I processed her words for a while and now am impressed with her ambition (she went on to say that she is going to be an engineer and this is the kind of scale she'd like to work on. YES, I am struck by how impotent we are. But, I also am proud. Proud of a kid who would step up and dream. Proud of a kid who would think and learn and sacrifice. Even if her plans all go to naught, her ambition made me think that we are not so pathetic after all.

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:48:01 UTC | #602603

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 20 by Alan4discussion

This sort of video should make the case for further investment in radio-data tsunami warning buoys in oceans linked to a satellite warning system. Local warning systems are needed for places like Japan where the source of the earthquake is very close, but for places like low-lying Pacific islands, an hour or more of warning is invaluable:- but only if people are educated to take notice and take suitable action.

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:54:47 UTC | #602706

bluebird's Avatar Comment 21 by bluebird

Liquid fear flows in

Subtle damage in the bay

People come to see

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:21:45 UTC | #603149

elderwanda's Avatar Comment 22 by elderwanda

Nice haiku.

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:14:54 UTC | #603317