Throughout the week, I kept remembering the 1964 tsunami along the West Coast. The waves ranged from a high of 67 metres near Valdez, to barely noticeable ripples on a beach. I lived in Kitimat, British Columbia, close enough to the epicentre that we felt the earthquake, but there was no tsunami racing up Douglas Channel to smash into our beach.
Why is that? It depends, as I wrote in my column for CBC.ca, on the luck of the fjord and what scientists call the "natural oscillation frequency" of the fjord.
You can read the column: Tsunami '64: The luck of the fjord on the West Coast.
My plans to work on the book during the week between Christmas and New Year's were largely forgotten. As the news got worse from the rim of the Indian Ocean, there was more and more work to do; creating photo galleries, watching for new satellite images of the areas hit by the tsunami, trying to sort the pictures sent in by readers — some were genuine; others were not. Luckily they were caught.
The phone rang late on Sunday evening, December 26. I had been watching the news of the tsunami and earthquake most of the day.
My senior producer asked me to create a photo gallery for CBC.ca from the first pictures available from the stricken areas, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia.
I'm a Toronto-based writer, photographer, web producer, television producer, journalist and teacher. I'm author of five books, the latest A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal. The Garret tree is my blog on the writing life including my progress on my next book (which will be announced here some time in the coming months) My second blog, the Wampo, Nieke and Sonkrai follows the slow progress of my freelanced model railway based on my research on the Burma Thailand Railway (which is why it isn't updated that often) The Creative Guide to Research, based on my book published in 2000 is basically an archive of news, information and hints for both the online and the shoe-leather" researcher. (Google has taken over everything but there are still good hints there)
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That tree can be seen outside the window of this garret.
An original photograph, filtered by a Photo Shop plug-in called India Ink.