The photos you are about to see are quite interesting.
It is very rare that a person with a camera is present when a Tsunami
strikes. It is even more rare to have that person stand in the path
of the oncoming wave and snap photos of the wave coming in. In the case
of the Manzanillo tsunami, that just happened. Jose Martinez, the tortilla
maker of the town of La Manzanilla likes to take pictures. He always
has his camera ready with film in it for whatever might be going on
in his town. On October 9, 1995, something very special happened.
First, imagine feeling a very strong earthquake. The shaking may last
a few minutes, but when it stops, everything seems to be all right.
Your family is safe, your home is still standing. Just a big quake you
think to your self. As you begin to clean up, you hear shouting from
the beach. The water is flowing out of the bay! How is that possible?
What is going on? The water recedes further and further until the rocks
which normally sit 200 meters offshore in 4 meters of water are now
completely dry and exposed.
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