Dodging a tsunami in Hawaii — again

What do you mean, everything will probably be alright,” Kari snapped at the person on the other end of the line.
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Do people who leave their brains at home deserve to be ripped off?

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.

Darwin Award finalist, they snickered.
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How to survive a tsunami in your hotel

No one expects to get whacked by a tsunami on their vacation. I certainly didn’t when I checked into the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui on Wednesday night.

But on Thursday evening, the sirens started blaring, warning that a killer wave could be headed our way.
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