Friday, January 07, 2005

Tidal Waves

When people talk about using the word Tsunami instead of Tidal Wave they often will say that Tidal Wave is a bad name because it has nothing to do with tides. While that's true I now realize that the Tidal Wave name was not chosen because of the suspected cause of the event, rather it reflects how the wave acts. Watch any of these video. There's no giant wave crest, the ocean just engulfs the coast. A commentator on 60 minutes said it well. I'm paraphrasing but it was something like This changed what I take for granted. I had always expected the ocean to stay in it's place. I no longer do.

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