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Chilling Photo of a Past Day: Alone -- Man Faces a Tsunami in Hilo, Hawaii on April 1946
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA), United States Government ^

Posted on 12/28/2004 5:47:24 AM PST by EnjoyingLife

April 1946: Tsunami inundating Hilo, Hawaii. Note the man on pier (lower left). This disaster provided impetus for C&GS (Coast & Geodetic Survey) to establish the tsunami warning system.
April 1946: Tsunami inundating Hilo, Hawaii. Note the man on pier (lower left).
This disaster provided impetus for C&GS (Coast & Geodetic Survey) to establish the tsunami warning system.

Source: http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/c&gs/theb2705.htm
Big photo: http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/c&gs/images/big/theb2705.jpg
Credit: NOAA Photo Library, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA), United States Government



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: 1946; asia; hawaii; noaa; ocean; pacific; tsunami; wallofwater
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Did this man live to tell the story?
1 posted on 12/28/2004 5:47:25 AM PST by EnjoyingLife
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To: EnjoyingLife

Wow.


2 posted on 12/28/2004 5:50:05 AM PST by The Teen Conservative
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To: EnjoyingLife

I saw a cartoon like that once, a little mouse looking up with his middle finger extended, and this big eagle with talons bared just seconds away from lunch


3 posted on 12/28/2004 5:51:12 AM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: EnjoyingLife
Did this man live to tell the story?

That would seem most unlikely.

4 posted on 12/28/2004 5:51:18 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: The Teen Conservative

Double WOW.

I'm going to assume the guy IN the picture was killed.

The photographer looks like he (or she) was in the same predicament.

Did the photographer live?


5 posted on 12/28/2004 5:52:17 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: EnjoyingLife

Looking at that poor soul gives me a whole new meaning of the words ... "What a rush!"


6 posted on 12/28/2004 5:52:30 AM PST by G.Mason ("It's easy to curb the freedoms of others when you see no immediate impact on your own." M. Forbes)
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To: EnjoyingLife
It's gotta be photoshopped.

The Greens weren't around in '46, therefore no global warming, therefore no tsunami.

And that's all I'm gonna say about it.

7 posted on 12/28/2004 5:53:39 AM PST by kahoutek
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To: nuffsenuff

hmmm the film lived so I guess it could be possible that she did as well. Unless the camera was found later...


8 posted on 12/28/2004 5:54:28 AM PST by todd1
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To: nuffsenuff

"she" photographer?

Japan?

1946?

whatever...

congratulations on being PC


9 posted on 12/28/2004 5:55:56 AM PST by Dark Glasses and Corncob Pipe (14, 15, 16...whatever!)
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To: EnjoyingLife

"Note the man on pier (lower left)."

What pier?


10 posted on 12/28/2004 6:01:48 AM PST by bigcat32
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To: Dark Glasses and Corncob Pipe

Dude! You never know. It could have been a woman.


11 posted on 12/28/2004 6:03:32 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: EnjoyingLife

Unbelievable photo.


12 posted on 12/28/2004 6:05:45 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: G.Mason; EnjoyingLife; nuffsenuff
Check THIS out!

*****

http://www.usalights.com/alaska/scotchcap.htm

Scotch Cap Lighthouse

13 posted on 12/28/2004 6:09:12 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

I've read about the Hilo tsunami and this man actually walked out on a pier for a better look - he might deserve a Darwin Award. And no he did not survive. One of the most striking photos were the parking meters were bent over so far the practically touched the ground.


14 posted on 12/28/2004 6:12:49 AM PST by Alissa
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To: beyond the sea

Damn.

I was telling my wife last night, tidal waves are one of my worst nightmares. I've had many dreams where I saw this 100 foot wave coming in and couldn't run fast enough to get away.... (shivers)


15 posted on 12/28/2004 6:13:07 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: nuffsenuff
I've had many dreams where I saw this 100 foot wave coming in and couldn't run fast enough to get away....

Best thing is to stay away from the beach or have a dirt bike nearby at all times.

Did you look at that lighthouse? Amazing!

16 posted on 12/28/2004 6:15:05 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: EnjoyingLife
Wall of Water. Merchant ship laboring in heavy seas as huge wave looms astern. Huge waves are common near the 100-fathom curve on the Bay of Biscay, France. Published in Fall 1993 issue of Mariner's Weather Log.
Wall of Water
Merchant ship laboring in heavy seas as huge wave looms astern. Huge waves are common near the 100-fathom curve on the Bay of Biscay, France. Published in Fall 1993 issue of Mariner's Weather Log.

Source: http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00800.htm
Big photo: http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/images/big/wea00800.jpg
Credit: NOAA Photo Library, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA), United States Government


17 posted on 12/28/2004 6:16:15 AM PST by EnjoyingLife
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To: EnjoyingLife

Reminds me of the time Ted Kennedy fell off his yacht drunk. By the way, where was Ted when that latest tsunami hit? That was some major water displacement there.


18 posted on 12/28/2004 6:18:07 AM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: beyond the sea
http://www.usalights.com/alaska/scotchcap.htm

Amazing!

A click on the images blows it up for a good perspective.

19 posted on 12/28/2004 6:20:39 AM PST by G.Mason ("It's easy to curb the freedoms of others when you see no immediate impact on your own." M. Forbes)
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To: EnjoyingLife

20 posted on 12/28/2004 6:21:51 AM PST by Nick Danger (Want some wood?)
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To: nuffsenuff

"Dude! You never know. It could have been a woman."

It might have been a cow too. Or a robot. Or maybe a camera just got bumped.

I'll been money it was a guy.


21 posted on 12/28/2004 6:23:23 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: nuffsenuff

Too bad that Barbra Streisand's Malibu home is high up on a bluff, and not beachfront.....I'd like for her to be feeling some angst.


22 posted on 12/28/2004 6:23:34 AM PST by ErnBatavia (ErnBatavia, Coulter, Malkin, Ingraham....the ultimate Menage a Quatro)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Cowabungaaaaaaaaaa !
23 posted on 12/28/2004 6:24:11 AM PST by ErnBatavia (ErnBatavia, Coulter, Malkin, Ingraham....the ultimate Menage a Quatro)
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To: EnjoyingLife

It says he's on a pier, but to me it looks like a surfboard.

Leave it to the Americans.


24 posted on 12/28/2004 6:25:02 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: beyond the sea

Yeah. I saw the photo of the lighthouse.

Nuts.


25 posted on 12/28/2004 6:25:18 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: EnjoyingLife

wow


26 posted on 12/28/2004 6:26:54 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: EnjoyingLife

They were warned 15 minutes after the quake....they did nothing.


27 posted on 12/28/2004 6:29:41 AM PST by Route101
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To: G.Mason
A click on the images blows it up for a good perspective.

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Yes I enlarged it. And that lighthouse was 40 feet above the sea level befor the water arrived. Unbelievable!

Someone posted that on the morning after the earthquake.

28 posted on 12/28/2004 6:30:22 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: ErnBatavia
Too bad that Barbra Streisand's Malibu home is high up on a bluff, and not beachfront.....I'd like for her to be feeling some angst.



After a few years of this it'll be beach front, and then in the sea.......
29 posted on 12/28/2004 6:30:47 AM PST by lmailbvmbipfwedu
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To: ErnBatavia
high up on a bluff, and not beachfront..

LOL. See post # 13 and read about that.

Click on the 'after picture' to enlarge.

30 posted on 12/28/2004 6:32:59 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: G.Mason
You know if they had built the lighthouse on the bluff overlooking the road instead of right next to the road they would have been ok. You can see the high water mark in the after photo.
31 posted on 12/28/2004 6:43:42 AM PST by monday
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To: EnjoyingLife

Yikes.


32 posted on 12/28/2004 6:45:41 AM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: monday
"You know if they had built the lighthouse on the bluff overlooking the road instead of right next to the road they would have been ok. You can see the high water mark in the after photo."

An excellent assessment.

That's part of that "woulda, coulda, shoulda", syndrome. ;)

33 posted on 12/28/2004 6:51:18 AM PST by G.Mason ("It's easy to curb the freedoms of others when you see no immediate impact on your own." M. Forbes)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Naw! No one would be "standing" nonchalant, arms crossed, not a hair out of place, the wind at God knows how many MPH.Look at his shirt....it's not even blowing one bit. Gimme a break. This photo is like the guy at the twin towers with the suicide plane behind him while he poses for a picture. In this photo weather like this would lift him up like a toothpick!


34 posted on 12/28/2004 6:51:28 AM PST by shiva
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To: shiva

The caption mentions a tsunami, with no mention of a typhoon. A tsunami may occur in a dead calm, and is neither created by nor influenced by weather.


35 posted on 12/28/2004 7:07:39 AM PST by punchamullah
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You know if they had built the lighthouse on the bluff overlooking the road instead of right next to the road they would have been ok.

Too far to walk to work for the lighthouse keeper.

36 posted on 12/28/2004 7:12:21 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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You can see the high water mark in the after photo."

Can you describe to me where you see the "high water mark" in the photo? I don't see it.

37 posted on 12/28/2004 7:15:02 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: punchamullah; shiva
A tsunami may occur in a dead calm, and is neither created by nor influenced by weather. ---

Exactamundo! No wind necessary!

38 posted on 12/28/2004 7:16:52 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: shiva
Naw! No one would be "standing" nonchalant

He was still fishing.

39 posted on 12/28/2004 7:18:31 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

bmp


40 posted on 12/28/2004 7:21:51 AM PST by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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I'm glad Maria wasn't on the beach doing a photo shoot.

****

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/041213/ids_photos_en/r2082916008.jpg

41 posted on 12/28/2004 7:22:23 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: beyond the sea

I saw this photo in the Hilo Tsunami Museum. It is NO JOKE! They have tsunami sirens all over the island and test them REGULARLY.

Even yesterday, an Australian on Fox said that he saw the waters receding in Thailand, out 100 yards but thought it was a low tide! That people actually went OUT further.

One of the first things I learned on Okinawa was, if the waters sudenly recede, RUN LIKE THE WIND FOR HIGH GROUND!


42 posted on 12/28/2004 7:24:53 AM PST by HMFIC (US Marines, you yell, we shell.)
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To: HMFIC
Even yesterday, an Australian on Fox said that he saw the waters receding in Thailand, out 100 yards but thought it was a low tide! That people actually went OUT further. One of the first things I learned on Okinawa was, if the waters sudenly recede, RUN LIKE THE WIND FOR HIGH GROUND!

Yes, as I heard it explained on FoxNews about 20 minutes ago (they even had simulated visual aids), the shelves deep below the ocean shift, vast volumes of water rush down into the gap created, and the water that rushes forward to take the displaced water's place continues on to the various shores and beaches, and as the depth of the seas decrease as the "wave" comes closer to the beaches, the water rises causing this horrible damage!

It is truly amazing.

43 posted on 12/28/2004 7:37:09 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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To: beyond the sea
<>B"Can you describe to me where you see the "high water mark" in the photo? I don't see it."

Look at the top of the high ground in the photo of the destroyed lighthouse. Bring you eye down untill you see where the grass [?] is gone and there is fresh, black (looking) soil.

44 posted on 12/28/2004 7:49:36 AM PST by G.Mason ("It's easy to curb the freedoms of others when you see no immediate impact on your own." M. Forbes)
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I don't really see it, but I take your word for it.

I'm going out in the yard and rake some snow.

45 posted on 12/28/2004 7:52:52 AM PST by beyond the sea (A man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.)
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"the wind at God knows how many MPH."

With the tidal wave caused by a tsunami there is no particular associated wind. There would be only the prevailing wind at the time but no wind caused by the tsunami.

46 posted on 12/28/2004 8:30:32 AM PST by El Gran Salseron (( The replies by this poster are meant for self-amusement only. Read at your own discretion. ))
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To: EnjoyingLife

If he did live he moved to China and took on the tank in the square some decades later.


47 posted on 12/28/2004 8:32:15 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: EnjoyingLife
That's John Kerry standing there, saying:

"BRING....IT.....ON!"
48 posted on 12/28/2004 8:39:50 AM PST by BansheeBill
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To: nuffsenuff
Dude! You never know. It could have been a woman.

Women weren't allowed to use cameras in public back then.

49 posted on 12/28/2004 8:44:58 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kwanzaa is to the holiday season what Michael Jackson is to child care.)
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To: N. Theknow

You're joking right?


50 posted on 12/28/2004 8:50:37 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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