The two phenomena of the rogue wave and the tsunami I’ve been studying lately. Rather than more footage of the latter, this mild example is interesting:
The same motif was present – unsuspecting, though there were signs. Also, when it hit, it was as a forerunner or two, followed by the big one.
Previously the undertow has been mentioned – amplified with unusual waves.
I read descriptions from various Japanese, Indians and Indonesians and the common theme was that it was deceptive, as if a body of water hundreds of miles long had lifted itself upwards and was moving inexorably along the top.
Not fast – inexorable. That is – that body will continue until it loses energy. If something is in the way, it’s not one rogue wave hitting, it’s a body of water pressing on regardless. If deflected, it can funnel towards the next weak spot.
The science says it’s not a tide. Not a regular one, certainly but it acts like one – huge volume of water wanting to move in, not necessarily breaking like waves.
The two aspects I simply can’t get over with the tsunamis is why people stay there, plus the undertow: