Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Stupid Tsunami Sightsee-ers

Yesterday there was an earthquake - a 7.0 earthquake - just off the coast of California, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning. On the news this morning while watching this story, they said that the warning was for the entire west coast, from Mexico to Canada.

Then the news station said "...but not everyone felt the need to evacuate," and showed a quick clip from an interview with a guy whose response to the tsunami warning can only be described as the antithesis of reason. Before he starts talking, you can hear the report clearly ask "What are you doing here tonight?" Here is what the guy said, word for word:

"Well about 9:00, 9:05 I heard uh on the news that there was a tsunami warning for the whole coast and everything so I had to come down here and check it out."
-Dean McFarland, California Resident

Now, maybe Mr. McFarland happens to live in Southern California, farther away from the epicenter of the quake than others, but I don't think that justifies his inability to comprehend what happened less than a year ago around the world.

Look, buddy. Tsunamis are dangerous. I realize that a way never hit and the warning has since been cancelled, but if you are dumb enough to want to personally go down to the beach to "check it out" then you clearly have no use for a rational brain. What the hell is going through this guys head???

Didn't the entire world just watch south Asia get decimated by a tsunami?

I have seen footage of people being washed away. We all did when it happened. We heard about people who didn't understand what was going on when the tide went out really really far and some people didn't realize why. We saw those same people, who were unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, become casualties in one of the worst natural disasters in recent history.

And now, I've seen someone express complete disregard for what happened in south Asia by having the thought of wanting to check out the tsunami first hand. Personally, I'm glad there wasn't a wave. I have a bunch of friends in California who I wouldn't want to have to deal with that type of disaster, but I wouldn't have minded if a wave came and took this one moron away.

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