Tsunami Reality

I don't know if global warming is the cause for the rise in tsunami incidents but these kinds of news put me on edge because I live near the Pacific Ocean. What happened to Thailand's landscape after the great Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 could easily happen to my city, San Francisco. Just take a look at the before and after pictures:

And this is San Francisco aerial view:

As you can see, if the great Indian Ocean tsunami was to hit my city, we could be facing with the same devastation. San Francisco is a small city (about 232 square miles), but very populous, the 4th most populous city in the United States. The only comfort I have is San Francisco has many hills and Thailand is mainly flat land.

When I first heard about a tsunami hitting Thailand, like most people, I didn't know what it was and didn't comprehend how deadly these ferocious waves were until I heard that other countries such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Africa were affected too. The extent of the devastation was just mind boggling. At least 220,000 deaths in 11 countries. I think the world was in disbelief.

When the Samoa tsunami happened on Tuesday, my city was given a tsunami warning. I was on alert the entire time. If I heard rumblings, walls crackling (the city train runs near my house, or any rattlings, I'd pause and listen carefully. Lately, I've been doing research on tsunamis because I wanted to know why we are getting them all of a sudden now. Turns out, we've had tsunamis throughout history but we are having more of them now then in the past.

--> 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunamis Affecting Southern Asia and Eastern Africa

--> 1998 Tsunami Affecting Papua New Guinea

--> 1976 Tsunami Affecting the Philippines

--> 1960 Tsunami Affecting Chile and Pacific Nations

--> 1896 Tsunami Affecting Japan

--> 1883 Tsunami Affecting Indonesia

--> 1755 Tsunami Affecting Portugal and Much of Europe

It just seems like we are having more and more of everything now. More frequent earthquakes, more volcanoes, more diseases, more people, more crimes, and the list goes on and on. Wouldn't it be great if it was less and less of the bad things and more of the good things, like less natural disasters and less diseases?

SF Aerial

Thailand Aerial

Tsunami History