hoi.polloi wrote:I'm being told by excitable persons that the tsunami washed afloat large ships.
Through all of this, we must keep in mind there are bound to be some exaggerations and dramatizations. It's profitable.
I'd like to submit a few images which have me scratching my head. Heaven knows I would have preferred NOT to do this, but as you know, my twisted mind is haunted by a manic-compulsive need for answers - whenever any questions arise inside it... Therefore, and as our friend Warriorhun would say, I am submitting to your (and everyone's) noble attention these few pics and gifs.
Btw, I woke up to this morning thinking about adding a 'birthday post' in the Madrid M11 thread - since it's the 7th anniversary of that infamous psyop. Before hearing about the Japan earthquake/tsunami, I bumped into an Italian article which said March 11 has been declared by the European union "the Europen Day of the Victims of Terrorism". Soon, however, I was watching the first reports from Japan...On the live BBc stream the first comment I heard (from a BBC talking head) went a bit like this: " There has been some speculation about the fact this was an earthquake or not, but we now have an American witness on the phone who will tell us....bla-bla-bla..."
Now don't get me wrong, my questions have nothing to do with whether the earth trembled or not in Japan. I'm sure it did. My questions have to do with - once again - the spectacular imagery depicting these (ever-more frequent) "natural" disasters of late. So as you mentioned 'ships washed afloat", here's my first proposal for discussion:
Here we have a pretty large boat/ship being washed ashore...or rather, being carried over farm land by the tsunami-wave:
Now, my questions are: 1) Does that ship have no keel? If so, how deep is the water it is floating on? 2) How can it possibly drift as fast as the edge of the waterfront itself? I'd understand if the ship had been knocked over (once the brunt of the wave hit it) - as is usually the case. But this???
Here's another clip with the same ship. It evidently keeps the same pace as the waterfront - even as it reaches plowed farm land. Again: How deep is the water patch it's floating on - and what forces make it swivel around as if it were an inflatable dinghy?
I guess those fires burning fiercely on the water are petrol patches? Ignited by the tsunami wave?
Now, here's are 2 looped frames extracted from this other spectacular video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qioNZpVglm8
Evidently, some cars drift faster than others. I'll try to keep that in mind next time I buy a car - for my own safety...
Lastly - BUT NOT LEASTLY by any means, take a look at this: in only 37 seconds (the video features no cuts) the water level seems to raise by an extraordinary rate ! I have, admittedly, never witnessed a tsunami myself - but all this doesn't look quite right to me...