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Tsunami: Zen in Santa Monica

March 11, 2011 | 10:37 am

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.”


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--Nate Jackson in Santa Monica