Tsunami: Zen in Santa Monica
Derek Markols may have been the calmest person on the beach.
The 38-year-old environmental consultant sat meditating, legs crossed, just inches from the waves in Santa Monica.
Markols knew nothing of the tusunami warning –- or the 8.9 earthquake in Japan.
“I guess I was pretty much in a bubble today,” Markols said. “I don’t follow the news much.”
Markols said he usually works at the beach about two or three times a week, and occasionally sits and looks at the ocean.
After learning of the quake, he said: “If I heard it was some sort of 20-foot wave, I probably would have stayed on the bluff.”
--Nate Jackson in Santa Monica