Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 12, 2011 – Waiting for the Wave

Turning on the 11 o’clock news on Thursday night was a strange experience. Watching a tidal wave inundate the Japanese coast live was surreal. It was difficult to grasp that it was real and happening at the very moment. Cars zooming down the road while 5,000 miles away I sat on my couch watching water rushing towards them; water that the drivers probably couldn’t see.

The next morning we spent waiting for the tsunami waves to reach California. And while there was serious damage to some harbors, it almost doesn’t seem right to even mention it in light of what’s happened in Japan. For the most part, people along the coast in California really did heed the tsunami warnings. The images from Japan of the water rushing in will say with us a long time. One of these days, when we have our big, seismic event in California, I imagine the memories of what we watched on TV the other night will come right back to us. If you’re near the water after the earthquake, pick-up the broken knick-knacks later and just get to high ground — fast!

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