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Hawaii tsunami - Darwin awards

finchyfinchy Posts: 6,889
edited February 2010 in The bottom bracket
OK, I'm watching live footage from Hawaii where a tsunami is expected to strike any moment now.

Beaches and flat land has been evacuated - except for one person sitting on the beach and one person out on a surfboard.

I hope they don't get killed but....... how the f**k can anyone be so f**king stupid?

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  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,587
    perhaps they haven't bought into the whole 'universal hysteria' thing.....
  • finchyfinchy Posts: 6,889
    softlad wrote:
    perhaps they haven't bought into the whole 'universal hysteria' thing.....

    I hope that this comes to nothing, but when there's a risk of a tsunami (and waves have already struck other parts of the Pacific), you get away from the sea.
  • softlad wrote:
    perhaps they haven't bought into the whole 'universal hysteria' thing.....

    I heard that the BIG WAVE, was all of twelve inches high. :D
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  • pedylanpedylan Posts: 775
    mercsport wrote:
    softlad wrote:
    perhaps they haven't bought into the whole 'universal hysteria' thing.....

    I heard that the BIG WAVE, was all of twelve inches high. :D

    Tsunamis in the open sea are typically of no great height but when the sheer volume of water hits land and crosses shallows it grows in height and strength. 250,000 killed in SE Asia but Maldives which are only a few metres high largely spared loss of life as they're in open ocean.

    Still, 12 inchesnot exactly epic.

    The OP's surf dude is either suffering from near terminal scepticism or something tagged as "normalcy bias" where folk sit and watch fatal conditions around them and don't save themselves.

    Darwin fodder indeed.
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  • finchyfinchy Posts: 6,889
    pedylan wrote:
    mercsport wrote:
    softlad wrote:
    perhaps they haven't bought into the whole 'universal hysteria' thing.....

    I heard that the BIG WAVE, was all of twelve inches high. :D

    Tsunamis in the open sea are typically of no great height but when the sheer volume of water hits land and crosses shallows it grows in height and strength. 250,000 killed in SE Asia but Maldives which are only a few metres high largely spared loss of life as they're in open ocean.

    Still, 12 inchesnot exactly epic.

    The OP's surf dude is either suffering from near terminal scepticism or something tagged as "normalcy bias" where folk sit and watch fatal conditions around them and don't save themselves.

    Darwin fodder indeed.

    The actual height in the French Polynesian Islands was 13ft.

    Surfer has left the water apparently. I think the cops went down for him.
  • pedylanpedylan Posts: 775
    Deep water Tsunami wave heights from crest to trough are typically only a few feet.

    So whilst a mere 12 inches might be accurate it could still be a very destrcutive event.

    Surfer could have missed the best wave of his (about to be halted) life if the 12 inches was the deep ocean height. I fit was the landfall wave height then yes it's trivial.

    Anyway, has there been a Tsunami or just a load of news hours talking about one?
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  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,587
    where is 'Surf Matt' when he's needed...?? ;)
  • finchyfinchy Posts: 6,889
    pedylan wrote:
    Deep water Tsunami wave heights from crest to trough are typically only a few feet.

    So whilst a mere 12 inches might be accurate it could still be a very destrcutive event.

    Surfer could have missed the best wave of his (about to be halted) life if the 12 inches was the deep ocean height. I fit was the landfall wave height then yes it's trivial.

    Anyway, has there been a Tsunami or just a load of news hours talking about one?

    It'censored at various points around the Pacific with varying results. Some people killed on an island off Chile, but apart from that they've had plenty of warning so there'll probably be a low death toll. Hawaii has had some small tsunami waves so looks like our surfer's been lucky. He didn't come out of the water, BTW
  • finchyfinchy Posts: 6,889
    softlad wrote:
    where is 'Surf Matt' when he's needed...?? ;)

    :lol::lol:
  • BobbinogsBobbinogs Posts: 4,928
    Surfer has left the water apparently. I think the cops went down for him.

    Blimey. Now that's what I call serving the community :shock:
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    softlad wrote:
    where is 'Surf Matt' when he's needed...?? ;)

    The unmentionable one ?

    He;s probably ridden the wave out already, his Mrs will post some pics soon, although shes not a qualified surfing photographer. :D
  • softlad wrote:
    where is 'Surf Matt' when he's needed...?? ;)

    just off Hawaii arguing with some cops :wink:
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 1,447
    It was as high at 3 meters in some places.
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