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Apparently they notice from 0:15 that houses are moving. "A-re" means "over there", "kaji" - fire, "minna" - all, "shinjiranai" - do not believe, "kuruma" - car, "hayaku" - fast. "Yowai" means "weak", probably meaning that those running should run stronger. The video taker did not wait a moment at 3:30. Those scrambling below at the last minute look so ignorant. The helper in black coming down at the left at 5:09 did not make it apparently.
by das monde on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 05:30:52 AM EST
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In the first minute or two, it still feels as if it's a happening for the people, it's not until the video taker is urged to run up a few metres 3:30 in when it feels that they get a real subjective sense of danger.

There is a video on YouTube filmed by a worker from the rooftop of a rather high building in some major city (large concrete buildings that aren't washed away). You again see ignorant drivers caught up in the waves. Meanwhile, you hear people in the background laughing and joking. But that stops after about two minutes when people sober up as the water keeps coming.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 05:45:34 AM EST
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At some time people get shocked to see their homes and property go, of course. That alone may leave many speechless. The happening is very personal and not too exiting to them, and they talk about other people or running cars as well. And yes, they realize the need to go higher later still, with things happening fast.
by das monde on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 07:10:55 AM EST
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I suppose at the start, lots of people were thinking, "another drill" or something small that would lap up the sea walls and then everyone can go home,  and it takes a few seconds  even after they can see things are definitely not happening that way for them to make the mental change as to what is happening in front of them.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Apr 15th, 2011 at 07:28:07 AM EST
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