Tsunami Prediction

February 27, 2010 · 2 comments

A short summary of pertinent facts:


  1. There was an 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile today.
  2. There is a tsunami advisory for the west coast of North America from Mexico to Canada.
  3. We live on the west coast of California, a short walk up hill from a pretty wild and woolly section of beach.


A few more relevant data points:

  1. Initial wave arrival at our beach is estimated at 1:26pm, according to a statement issued by the National Weather Service.
  2. The wave heights are predicted to be roughly two and a half feet about normal.
  3. The series of big storms here lately have already washed out several feet of the stairway leading down to our beach.


A couple of subjective observations:

  1. People are fascinated by out-of-the-ordinary natural events.
  2. Many people own cameras and like to take photos of waves.
  3. People, on the whole, run towards stupid.


Ergo, my predictions:

  1. The Half Moon Bay Review will run an article, with photo, about the brave lifeguards rescuing some doofus who was standing on a rock in the Harbor with a video camera at 1:26 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2010.
  2. By next week, the town council will be arm wrestling over where to find the funds to replace the stairway down to the beach at Pelican Point.
  3. Rick and I will have some amazing wave photos to share with you here tomorrow.

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Sandi Fentiman February 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Just be careful you guys. In japanese, tsunami means harbor wave or series of waves. And the have totally wiped out everything up to 300 feet inland. And they can come in so silently, fast, and huge, people haven’t had any fore warning. If you can get pictures safely, I’d love to see them.


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