Oooh! That was kind of spooky at about 0:52, to see that while concentrating on the water in the distance!
You can’t help but think “What would I do if I had been in that car?”. Do you risk getting out and getting swept up in the nasty current? I saw that tall building. How would you get to that without getting killed by the current?
I could see most anyone being in that situation would panic, and I wouldn’t blame them. The problem is, panic will get you killed.
Holy crap! Yeah, obviously the best thing would be to try to ride it out. Keep your seat belt on and windows closed. Shut the vents, too. And hope for the best.
I found from youtube that the driver’s name was Yu Muroga, and I tracked the name down and found out that he survived. At the end, he got out of his car and swam to a building moments before his car was crushed by debris. I’m glad he survived, but seeing this, my heart breaks. So many didn’t survive.
Crispy, I hate to watch these things because I know I am watching people die. But I am glad the driver of the car lived, and maybe others that we see in the video as well. But most of that is false hope. As Ron points out, panic sets in, and who can blame them?
Jon, I wish you’d stop posting these. But I understand we ought to know what happened.
I find them mesmerizing.
Me too. This is what happened :
Yu Muroga was doing his job making deliveries when the 3.11 earthquake hit. Unaware, like many people in the area, of how far inland the tsunami would travel, he continued to drive and do his job after the earthquake struck. The HD camera mounted on his dashboard captured not only the earthquake but also the moment he and several other drivers were suddenly engulfed in the tsunami. He escaped from the vehicle seconds before it was crushed by other debris and sunk underwater. His car and the camera have only recently been recovered by the police. The camera was heavily damaged but a video expert was able to retrieve this footage.
Mike, I understand that you might find them distressing, but these clips could possibly save lives in the future.
In a situation like that two of your worst enemies (outside of the obvious physical disaster) are ignorance and panic.
Without these clips the tsunami is just a concept, we get a sanitised birds-eye view of water rushing in land, followed sometime later by shots of twisted debris and weeping locals. It does little to convey the sheer pants-wetting horror of the situation nor does it convey just how quickly things went from normal and sedate to absolute life threatening peril.
Faced with such a sudden and drastic tun of events it’s all to easy to become overwhelmed by the very notion of what is happening. Seeing these clips might enable someone caught in a similar situation to act calmly and quickly to maximise their chances of survival – or even just to act at all – instead of freezing in panic.
The way I see it the more clips like this that come out, and the more people that see them, the better for everyone.
The suddenness of how fast that water came up was shocking, and heartbreaking.