”However, people probably jumped into their cars because they wanted to escape as quickly as possible.” No s**t, Sherlock! Ya think? Ya think they maybe knew a tsunami was on the cards soon after an earthquake like that?

More examples of people taking their own initiative.

The Kesennuma municipal government had called on its citizens to evacuate on foot whenever an earthquake occurred.  However, people probably jumped into their cars because they wanted to escape as quickly as possible.

Cars were also necessary to evacuate elderly people and children, and some evacuation sites were a fair distance away.

On March 11, a tsunami swept over the city’s streets and a number of bodies were found in cars inundated by the tsunami.  A municipal government official said, “Learning from this, we want to expand the width of roads and set up large parking lots at evacuation centers.”

Asked how they received evacuation orders on the day of the disaster, 54 percent said they got them through the local administration’s disaster-prevention wireless system; 9 percent from the radio; 6 percent from cell phones; 3 percent from TV and 17 percent said they did not hear any warning. Among the four districts in Kesennuma, 34 percent of people living in the Motoyoshi district said they did not hear any warning.

The municipal government had set up receivers in houses in areas with poor wireless reception. However, some of these receivers may not have worked due to a power outage or because they became disconnected. The survey was conducted to provide the basic data to develop a restoration plan.

via Many Kesennuma evacuees fled tsunami by car : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE The Daily Yomiuri.