Saturday, February 27, 2010

News Alert:

Some of my fellow Oregonians are idiots.Via OregonLive, "Signs warn people at Nye Beach near Newport to stay off the beach from 1 to 4 p.m. today because of the tsunami advisory." Hope these folks don't end up with Darwin awards. The issue here is not that they're likely to drown or get mashed in a tumble of wreckage, it's that our coastal waters are cold. Simply being swept off your feet and into the surf can send a person into shock very rapidly. Add to that the size of the breakers, and you can instantly find yourself in a situation that is seriously life-threatening. The coast is a beautiful place, and experiencing it is well worth the danger from the cold rough water that is the standard condition year round. But add on the risk of a potential tsunami of unforeseeable magnitude, and a Darwin Award is not an unlikely outcome.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

A friend of mine in Okinawa posted pretty much that exact picture. One guy was sitting on the seawall playing a guitar.