The weather report was calling for unusually high winds and rough seas along the coasts and meteorologists warned people to stay away from beaches and the low lying areas around the coast.
Naturally, warnings like that were like shit to flies, and thousands of people, the looky-loos, headed to the coast to witness the weather phenomenon. One of the best views was at the lighthouse and, by mid morning, around three or four dozen onlookers had gathered to watch the giant waves breaking on the rocks below.
What none of them knew at the time was that about fifty miles offshore, deep within the ocean, an earthquake occurred about 30 minutes earlier, sending a giant wave toward the coast.
Because of the speed at which the mega-wave raced to shore, the gawkers, not only at the lighthouse, but all along the beaches and the coastline, were engulfed. It was a horrific tragedy, and the headline in the local paper the next morning read:
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit One Big Photo.