Originally Posted by codprawn
The Tsunami was a classic case in point. Many of the news broadcasts showed a simulation of a gigantic wave crashing down on a city with waves at least 100' high - in reality most of the people were killed by a wave on average about 15' high - the sort Britain is lashed by all the time - the difference is we don't live on the beach!!!
Hi Codders, we get freak waves on West coast of Ireland often.
Mostly the waves are the foreboding of a depression offshore (hundred miles etc) and are ahead of it. These are on the back of further Depressions well of shore that may have gone past and north (of jet streams),
Add to this the local Wind conditions and it makes for prety good surfing especially in a West facing bay.
However, on occasion with some Sea floor seismic activity, one gets in a fast moving envelope of water that one does not notice of shore. It comes fast and a volume of water only a few feet or so high.
This is often to blame for washing unwary "non local" fishermen on the flat shelf of rocks into the sea as I believe happened to atleast two Polish men who were fishing in the last three weeks.
And yes, that story you mention was the one I was referring to.
There was a second Tsunami that day two years ago codders, the first one sent the volumes of water of across the Indian Ocean, but a more local "land slip under sea" something he equiv of a Chunk or wedge of Ground either popping up or equally, down under the sea floor. This one was a local result of the first Earthquake, but whilst this was local, it was also a sharp spike of som e33 meters on top of what already happened and thus a wave (3 in total, short succession of up o 120 feet happened in North Banda Ache, as far as I understand.
This does not take from the sensationalism and lack of professionalism that you mention on that day in the paper.
Besides, if it were tohappen as it can including, The Mountain in Tenerief, Cosmic Chunks in Atlantic, or Earthquakes in Atlantic, Poor old Ireland will break your fall.