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(Mother Nature Network)   If your plan for surviving a tsunami is to outrun it, you might want to come up with another plan   (mnn.com) divider line 20
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2013-06-21 09:40:24 AM
I've seen a couple of Hollywood documentaries that totally debunk your headline, subby.
 
2013-06-21 09:41:55 AM
If I learned nothing from the tsunami that killed the hell out of Japan a bit a go, it's that, you simply cannot outrun, or outswim, that much water.

I had always thought, "Eh, I know how to swim...  What's the danger?"  Then I saw the videos of what it looks like when so much water rushes in that it crushes 3 story buildings, drags cars along, and sweeps across the landscape at like 15 feet high for miles and miles, sweeping everything else it encounters in the meantime.

I DNRTFA.  But I really don't think I need to.  When the flood comes, if you can't get out of there, kiss your arse goodbye.
 
2013-06-21 09:42:26 AM
What an incompletely-thought-out cunning plan might look like:

"I don't need to outrun the bear tsunami. I just need to outrun YOU."
 
2013-06-21 09:46:27 AM
Huh?  You run when you see the water pulling away, not when you see the tsunami coming in.  Plenty of people have saved themselves this way.

Admittedly if you're in a very flat place you won't be able to get far enough away in time and will have to hope a building will protect you.
 
2013-06-21 09:50:06 AM

Bslim: I've seen a couple of Hollywood documentaries that totally debunk your headline, subby.


If Hollywood has taught me anything, it's that there's no disaster - natural or otherwise - that either can't be outrun with a fast enough car/motorcycle/bike/skateboard/segway, or survived simply by hiding in, behind, or under a box/fridge/dumpster/closet/table/desk/door.
 
2013-06-21 10:01:35 AM
Article fails to mention another way of surviving a tsunami:

Blowing up an 8-foot diameter beach ball and climbing inside.
 
2013-06-21 10:01:49 AM

Joe_diGriz: Bslim: I've seen a couple of Hollywood documentaries that totally debunk your headline, subby.

If Hollywood has taught me anything, it's that there's no disaster - natural or otherwise - that either can't be outrun with a fast enough car/motorcycle/bike/skateboard/segway, or survived simply by hiding in, behind, or under a box/fridge/dumpster/closet/table/desk/door.


Haha...  Well, you'll be in hell before the rest of us get there, if you really believe that.

//Kidding
//I get sarcasm.
 
2013-06-21 10:03:05 AM

Joe_diGriz: Bslim: I've seen a couple of Hollywood documentaries that totally debunk your headline, subby.

If Hollywood has taught me anything, it's that there's no disaster - natural or otherwise - that either can't be outrun with a fast enough car/motorcycle/bike/skateboard/segway, or survived simply by hiding in, behind, or under a box/fridge/dumpster/closet/table/desk/door.


Thats why my survival bunker is only made out of old fridges
 
2013-06-21 10:12:23 AM
Transcend it. Learn to fly.
 
2013-06-21 10:15:24 AM
Maybe the fastest man in the world could run a 6-minute mile for 6 miles

How hard would it have been to research this, rather than just make it up and speculate?

The best marathoners run the entire 26.2 miles at around 5 minute mile pace. So their idea that only the fastest man in the world could--"maybe"--run 6 miles at a 6 minute-mile pace is insanely stupid.

Why lead off an article by displaying your idiocy and/or laziness? It's a flashing signpost that nothing else in the article is remotely going to be accurate, well-researched, or worth the reader's time.
 
2013-06-21 10:33:09 AM

Maturin: Transcend it. Learn to fly.


Funny - there's an associated slideshow that shows injured birds.
 
2013-06-21 10:39:13 AM
That Japan video is creepy. The water isn't moving too quickly to sprint away, but if you're with someone who can't, then you get knee deep, then a house is bumping up against you...

/shivers
//looks for motorcycle to ride up steps to the refrigerator store
 
2013-06-21 10:42:05 AM

Christian Bale: Maybe the fastest man in the world could run a 6-minute mile for 6 miles

How hard would it have been to research this, rather than just make it up and speculate?

The best marathoners run the entire 26.2 miles at around 5 minute mile pace. So their idea that only the fastest man in the world could--"maybe"--run 6 miles at a 6 minute-mile pace is insanely stupid.

Why lead off an article by displaying your idiocy and/or laziness? It's a flashing signpost that nothing else in the article is remotely going to be accurate, well-researched, or worth the reader's time.


The fastest 10K is under 27 minutes, so the fastest man can do about a 4-minute-mile pace for 6 miles.

/which is completely insane, of course
 
2013-06-21 10:57:10 AM
Why did TFA choose to open with an image of a cartoonishly large tidal wave?
 
2013-06-21 11:20:58 AM
You don't have to outrun it. You just have to outrun the person with you.

/or is that bears?
 
2013-06-21 11:49:44 AM

Maturin: Transcend it. Learn to fly.


You mean throw yourself against the ground and miss.
 
2013-06-21 02:02:06 PM

AFKobel: Maturin: Transcend it. Learn to fly.

You mean throw yourself against the ground and miss.


Neither of my feet actually touches the ground.
 
2013-06-21 03:16:31 PM
Well sure, you're not walking around barefoot all the time, right?
 
2013-06-21 04:19:04 PM

Loren: Huh?  You run when you see the water pulling away, not when you see the tsunami coming in.  Plenty of people have saved themselves this way.

Admittedly if you're in a very flat place you won't be able to get far enough away in time and will have to hope a building will protect you.


Alternatively you get your ass to higher ground when the "large tsunami warning" appears on all the TV channels and the sirens go off...

It actually amazes me how FEW people were killed in the 3/11 tsunami compared with what could have been.  People know to get the hell up high because you hear it your entire life.  Scary thing with this one though, the waves were big enough to take out some of the multi-story buildings people took refuge in.  Just very WTF.

There were issues (now under discussion for the usual "prevent future reoccurrence" talk) with people trying to get inland by car though and running into traffic.  Lots of the affected areas were flat for long distances, no mountains close by to quickly go up.  They should have gone for the "high concrete building" solution but tried to drive out, and even 15 to 30 minutes wasn't enough, because traffic.  One complication of the modern world (similar to the people killed on the interstate trying to drive away from tornadoes in OK). It's a good idea, but not if everyone does it at once.

So there's some plan about requiring certain special reinforced buildings every X distance, etc now.  We'll see how that goes, I guess...

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Feel_the_velvet: Article fails to mention another way of surviving a tsunami:

Blowing up an 8-foot diameter beach ball and climbing inside.


Sounds crazy, but there's a plan to maybe have airtight boats that the infirm could climb into in an emergency, just sealed self-righting capsules like tiny Noah's Arks or what.  I can just imagine the barfing...
 
2013-06-21 09:24:05 PM

Feel_the_velvet: Article fails to mention another way of surviving a tsunami:

Blowing up an 8-foot diameter beach ball and climbing inside.


Should work great so long as nothing you bump into has any sharp parts.

/and you don't need to be in the airtight space for very long
 
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