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Tips On Escaping a Tsunami’s Surge

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I stumbled across this video and instantly fell in love with the different topics shown. I cannot understand Japanese, but the video does a great job at showing exactly what he is talking about. The video was uploaded by a Taiwanese user, but the comments and title is in Chinese. I would really love to find the original video somehow.

The main points mentioned and shown:
– A human is not match for a 3m breaking wave.
– “Concrete planks” can be broken by the shear force of a tidal wave.
– Tree’s are the best bet to survive and slow a tsunami.

Commentary: Collapsing floor by filling room with water

It wasn’t that long ago that I imagined the kinds of things I would do if I was a billionaire. Literally the only thing I thought about was hiring a camera-crew with slowmotion cameras to film a house being completely filled with water on the top floor. Today I stumbled upon a video which is essentially the same idea.

The video was uploaded by the NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) for a television show named “Do Not Try This At Home”.

External Links:
Collapsing floor by filling room with water
Do Not Try This At Home: Pool On The Third Floor
Do Not Try This At Home: The Collapsing Floor

Commentary: “A little bit of rain in Perth”

I will kick off this blog with a video that I have found enjoyable to watch each and every time. I like this videos for many reasons, which I will detail after you watch the video yourself.


Greatest Drain
00:38 (mm:ss)

By far my favourite event throughout the video is the hallway situated mostly to the left of the camera-operator. This hallway is constantly draining the water out into the river[1]. I discovered this by observing the flow of water; throughout the entire video the water is constantly flowing into the opening. This prompted me to find this location on Google Maps, which wasn’t really that hard because I knew that this location is in Perth of Scotland, and that I would look wherever the bridges are located.

Swishing Water
01:15 (mm:ss)

The constant trickling of traffic creates a nice swirling flow of water. This also spawns many waves which are then bashed into by the cars on regular occasion[2].

The amount of water present is staggering, especially considering the fact that a very lot of water is being drained into the hallway generally at the top-left of the video. Something I would love to do is calculate the amount of water that is being drained away, but this is far out of my realm.

In case you are wondering, most of the water is coming from a inclined road[3].

  1. Google Maps – Perth, Scotland
  2. YouTube – A little bit of rain in Perth – Car bashing into waves (@1:18)
  3. YouTube – A little bit of rain in Perth – Water slide entering view (@1:16)