Photos of the ruin, and a question about the tsunami
The Mail has many photographs of the Japan disaster, including wide-angle shots taking in entire devastated towns where only a few buildings remain standing and the rest is mud and wreckage.
How does a tsunami send a wall of mud so far inland with so much force? Is the tsunami a single very high wave, or is it a kind of sustained lifting of the entire ocean, only a few feet high, but—because the entire ocean is behind it—enough to inundate the land far from the shore? I am not talking about how tsunamis are created by earthquakes under the sea floor; I understand that, more or less. I am talking about the nature and characteristics of a tsunami wave as it hits the shore.
Also, how extensive was the damage caused by the earthquake as distinct from the tsunami? News stories have not been clear on that.
John Dempsey writes:
I just ran into this short piece at American Thinker which tries to explain the force behind a tsunami. It doesn’t answer all of your questions but it does shed some light.LA replies:
Interesting. What Keohane says is similar to what I guessed in my question. I said:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 13, 2011 09:07 AM | Send