The Real After Shock? No Tsunami in Half Moon Bay

February 28, 2010 · 3 comments

Well, one out of three isn’t so bad.

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Of my three predictions yesterday, only the final one came true: Rick and I now have an additional 317 fabulous wave photos in our archives.

We’re gonna need another external hard drive.

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There was plenty of drama, but it was more of the “sun streaming through the clouds on breath-taking back-lit scenery” than the “tragedy at sea” type.

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There were lots of people down at the coast, many choosing a safe perch from which to peer into the horizon for signs of the monster waves. The front yard of the Ritz Carlton is about 75 feet straight up from the beach.

It could be anywhere from 40 to 100 feet of cliff. I’m bad at guesstimating that kind of thing. But it’s up there.

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See? Safe.

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Some settled for the mid-span viewing zone. Adventurous, yes, but still within the “not likely to need an at-sea rescue” margin of sanity.

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Others? Not so careful.

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Of course, if you’ve traveled all the way from South Carolina and never had a toe in the Pacific ocean before and this was your only window, and you were only going to be down there for five minutes…

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… well, there are always a thousand stories beyond the yellow tape.

P.S. This morning, March 1, there are reports of devastating tsunami damage and loss of life along the coast of Chile. Our hearts go out to all who are suffering as a result.

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Dad/Mom February 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I would say you saw a very mild tsunami; those first two pictures (should be 3 and 4) being the proof. Those people on the beach wouldn’t have had time to get to safe ground! If you get the chance to watch a National Geographic on tsunamis; watch it. The info may surprise you. Wonderful shots once again, and book worthy.

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rickandkathy March 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

Thanks for the encouragement, Sandi! And yeah… we’re actually talking about a book. Stay tuned…

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