We’re very lucky. The devastating earthquake that struck Japan last week caused only minor damage here in the States.
The most high-profile casualty was Dustin Weber, a 25-year-old man in Crescent City, Calif., who was swept out to sea as he tried to photograph the tsunami.
(Before I go any further, an important note about the photo I used to illustrate this post. It is not from a real tsunami. It’s from an event called a “tidal bore” which took place in Hangzhou, China in 2002, and it is not real.)
I was little surprised when I talked about this event privately with colleagues. Some half-jokingly suggested that the California photographer deserved to die, because he obviously hadn’t heeded the warnings about the waves.