San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)

16 03 2011

Trestles and SONGS

First it was the earthquake.  Then, it was a tsunami.  Now it’s nuclear disaster.  How much more can our Pacific take?  Not to mention the deep pain for our poor friends and family in Northern Japan?

The Trestles Surf Crowd is entwined with all these issues, especially the tsunami and nuclear parts.

Looking at this aerial photo (courtesy of Google Earth), you can see what Trestles surfers live with everyday.  Sure our best neighbor, SONGS,  is taking center stage again in the seemingly never-ending nuclear energy controversy.  Sure we want to make sure Edison and SDG&E are doing all they can to protect us and our home away from home.

But, if you ask most Trestles surfers what they think of surfing next to a major nuclear plant, you’ll likely get the same response.  No big deal.  Life is all about managing the risks.  If we were afraid of every risk, we would never get to enjoy that epic triple overhead day or that shallow grinding barrel.  Just deal with the risks.

We’re not cavalier, just not willing to stop living; let’s take it one day at a time.

Can somebody pass me the iodine?

And, don’t forget to contribute what you can where you can toward the Japan relief work.  What goes around comes around — the earth that is, literally.





Tsunami Damage in Newport Beach?

11 03 2011

Got your attention!  No damage to report here.

It seems like every year we all learn a little more about tsunami’s and what they can do to low lying beach areas.

Inspiration Point, Corona del Mar, 8:45 am, 3/11/11

So, always in the pursuit of learning, I thought I’d stop by my local tsunami-watching area after the 8.9 earthquake in Japan today — Inspiration Point in Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, California).  I was there when the first surge hit the beach (or so it seemed).  I obviously wasn’t the only one there.   There had to be at least 100 fellow gawkers.  We had the all-girl (30 somethings) running club, the homeless guy with the guitar, all sorts of tourists, dogs, and construction workers.

So, what happened?

If you read my posting on tsunami physics, you know the answer.

Over a few minutes, you could see the water advance up the beach a foot or so (vertically).  The tide was supposed to be at its lowest point, so the rise would not be expected.  The second photo shows the high tide markings from overnight.  The water advanced to about 8 to 10 feet (horizontally) from that high mark.  So, yes we all got to see a tsunami, but none of the rest of the crowd seemed to notice.  I guess they all need to check out TrestlesSurfCrowd.com next time an earthquake happens.

Tide/tsunami levels at Corona del Mar

So, the real show wasn’t the tsunami.  It was the tsunami watchers.  We had the typical silicone-enhanced coffee-sippers, the retired engineers waiting for their next cruise ship, the construction workers stopping by on the way to Home Depot, the spoiled 2-year-olds tugging on their mother’s sweaters while the mothers gab away on their iPhones, and the rest of us faceless people watchers.

I left after the first surge, having seen what I came for.  The rest will probably be waiting out there through lunch waiting for the Hawaii Five-O grinder to take out the houses on the cliff.

Can’t wait til the next earthquake.  Fascinating stuff, huh?