Video: Driving into the Tsunami
NTV’s “News Zero” recently recovered and aired this video, which gives a first-person view from inside a car as it is overtaken by the March 11th tsunami:
The vehicle is carried around by the waves. The driver sits inside, taking photos with another camera and quietly considering whether it would be a good idea to force his way out of the car. After about 4 minutes, the driver slipped out a window and swam to safety. A few seconds later, waves smashed the car into a building and water pours in, disabling the camera.
If your car is ever overtaken by a tsunami, what should you do? An expert says the best course of action would be to:
- Before escaping, you should confirm that the flow of the water is not too strong and there are not large and dangerous objects being swept about.
- If those conditions are met, break or open a window and get out.
- If possible, swim or run to the safety of a high place. If you can’t get out of the water, at least try to grab on to a sturdy object, such as a fence or light pole.