The Darwin Effect?
Plain Jane responded to my comment on Heraldo's blog yesterday,"People did the same thing in Crescent City in the 64 tsunami, Fred. It’s the Darwin effect."
I had commented on people going down close to the water to watch a tsunami arrive.
I'd actually heard some of those same stories about the Crescent City wave, but after actually reading accounts of how people were killed in those waves, it doesn't seem the people who were killed were just curious onlookers.
That said, it's totally believable after reading news reports of yesterday's event from here and around the state. Seems like it was business as usual for a lot of people.
Here in Eureka the powers- that- be went ahead with their Perilous Plunge event which involved jumping off the dock at the foot of F Street and into the bay. It was supposedly business as usual for people living down by the water in places like King Salmon, too.
Hey, I know it would be tough to stay away from the water when you live right next to it, but I don't think I'd be outside casually walking my dog on the beach like a number of people seemed to have been doing.
Unbelievable, the way people just ignore warnings. The worst part about this is the predictions not really coming to pass in places like Hawaii. Now, the next time a tsunami alert is given. people will think it's another false alarm and there will likely be even more people going out and walking on the beach to see what it looks like when the wave hits the shore.
Hat tip to Kym for the links to the info on the '64 Crescent City wave.