Tsunami - Where to be? / by admin

Below is a post we originally published back in October of 2009!:  

The latest tsunami had Trevor and I discussing where the safest location would be.

From the AP about the tsuami:

Because of a lethal combination of geology and geography, the people of American Samoa didn't stand much of a chance. Almost every condition that triggers bad tsunamis was in place this time, generating waves that raced toward the island territory at speeds approaching 530 mph, or as fast as a 747 jumbo jet. And there was almost nothing to slow the water down.

Lucky for us, Grant Rafter at Power and Motoryacht provides some insite:

Now, it’s common knowledge that when you’re on land, you generally follow evacuation routes to the highest point, but if you’re on a vessel, you’ve got a myriad of other options to weigh. Can you make it to shore in time to reach high ground? Do you have time to get outside of a bay or inlet? What are the sea conditions outside? What do you do if the droves of flotsam left by the receding wave disable your propulsion? Is the proper survival equipment onboard?

Remember in the open ocean a tsunami wave is imperceptible and may only measure a few inches, so while there is a disaster on land, just a bit offshore you may not even notice the imbroglio.

Be sure to head over and read the rest of the article.  The event of being caught in a tsunami is very low, but might help you win a bet next time you are at the bar.