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Old Mar 11, 2011, 4:46 PM   #1
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Between about 8:20am and noon we had 6 positively identified Tsunami Surges along our coast line. A Surge begins with the tidal line being sucked back of its normal position to a line almost 30 feet offshore.

The "suck out" action took about 12 seconds. Then the tide which normally only changes in a 6 hour period, comes quickly surging back into the shore line. The "surgeback" action took about 1.75 minutes, or about 5X the normal tidal return speed. The cycle happened 6 times this morning in a little over a 3 hour period. The tide in in the highest traditional tides only comes up half way onto our beach. Today these surges ran the tide all the way up into our yard, about 20 feet of flooding higher than normal.

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Old Mar 11, 2011, 6:35 PM   #2
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Well done on capturing the surges. It must have been a little worrying.

Looks like it made of a mess of your coast.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 7:40 PM   #3
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Hi Joe-

The Tsunami was a magnificent show of huge natural force that right before our very eyes. It moved a tidal flow almost 6 feet deep in and out for a total distance of over 120 feet all in less than 25 seconds. And it did that cycle, not once, but 6 different times. over a 3 hour period. 'Just amazing!

The last time we had a tsunami in this area was in 1944, some 67 years ago.

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Well captured Sarah. Luckily for you it didn't cause devastation like in Japan.
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Thanks for sharing your view of this event.

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Very nice series, Sarah. The debris shots are rather haunting knowing the circumstances. What settings did you use if you don't mind me asking?
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I used the "P" mode with a little minus Exposure Compensation where required, as it was rather bright. The first three photos were taken through the windows in our great room which are made of E-tinted glass. That is why the WB on those photos look a bit different. The balance of the photos were taken outdoors from the exterior deck platform.

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I used the "P" mode with a little minus Exposure Compensation where required, as it was rather bright. The first three photos were taken through the windows in our great room which are made of E-tinted glass. That is why the WB on those photos look a bit different. The balance of the photos were taken outdoors from the exterior deck platform.

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Very interesting and good photos, it had to be a bit scary to make them. Thank you for sharing.
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