Three seconds from death

Tsunami vs Japanese Harbor
[Via Boing Boing]

[video link] This eyewitness video of the March 11 tsunami striking Japan shows how, in under 10 minutes, a harbor in Oirase Town, Aomori Prefecture goes from business as usual to, well, gone.


Other videos show the tsunami from a safe height. This videographer was right on the coast and provides a ground eye view of just how relentless the water was. From dry to inundated in less that 10 minutes.

And notice that none of the birds left the shore until the wave hit, then they took flight. So much for their ability to foresee the tsunami.

While he obviously could not hold the camera steady all the time, stay watching until the end and you can see why I gave this post the title I did.