Monday, 12 August 2013
a tsunami warning in our overnight stay information
Our car here is a four-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle, but despite others doing it, I couldn't bring myself to drive it along the beach.
It only took a couple of minutes to walk in any case, although the tide was a surprisingly long way out.
The folk in Oregon say "Don't turn your back on the sea."
I can understand why. This beach was pretty flat, and with the tide coming in, there was a large area which could be easily covered in minutes.
Later, when we were in our new beachside residence, I noticed the Tsunami warning leaflet amongst the usual information. I've been in earthquakes before, but never in a place where there's the possibility of a follow up tidal wave, so this was a whole new situation to understand.
Our ground floor room looked directly onto the evening sea and we could see the placid nature of the waves which were quoted as two-star in surf terms.
In the morning, we could enjoy the sun breaking through clouds and stroll along the almost deserted beach before heading back onto the 101.