Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tsunami in Japan 2011

I've seen aerial footage of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, but that doesn't do much to show the catastrophic damage on a human scale. This video is taken with a hand held camera in a town that straddles an inland river. The first few minutes of the video show the river as very peaceful and people are almost nonchalant about the warning sirens and loudspeaker announcements. Around the three minute mark the first bit of rising tide starts to push upriver and from there it grows into something that I could only describe as a Bosch-like vision of hell. I am trying to break my habit of overusing words like 'incredible' and 'amazing' on this blog, but it's hard to believe that anything this horrifying actually occurred and was not the set of some Hollywood doomsday movie.

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