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First Shot

This is the first shot I took of the tsunami. Leela and I were having breakfast under the red dot and a minute later the water was three meters (10 feet) deep. We made it to the stairs one step ahead of the wave. This was taken three minutes after we first saw the wave.
      What I remember most was that the water just...kept...coming.
      Later I learned that tsunamis can have wave lengths hundreds of miles long, so there are many miles of crest to come ashore before a trough appears. By the same token, if the trough of a tsunami hits land first, the water will recede dramatically, leaving fish flopping on the exposed sea floor and people running to gather them... before the crest finally comes in to take everyone.