It is always a shock to wake up to news of overnight disasters, to see footage of disaster being played out across the ocean. Living in California, I'm familiar with earthquakes but 8.9 seems unimaginable. The fact that Japan has had aftershocks as large as the "big" earthquake we experienced in my neck of the woods 21 years (7.1) brings back many memories of fear and a desperate prayers for the ground would just stop shaking. I'm praying for the people in Japan that have found their lives upended today.
The news was full of Tsunami warnings here, which always brings to mind the Tsunami of 2006 in Indonesia. Our waves didn't look that much different from normal waves but there were those couple of instances when the water receded farther than normal. The video below is a time-lapse video of a local beach. As I watched the news this morning, one of the surfers in the water just started walking back to shore...from a place that he shouldn't have been able to touch the ground. It was enough to get me running to the next room to show Papa Bear the images on TV. Nature is awe-inspiring...and fierce. (Sorry for the commercial before the video)