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So, where was the on-the-ground national news coverage of the impending tsunami in Alaska Monday night? Nowhere, that’s where. But no matter, because Larry Pestrikoff of Ouzinkie, Alaska (pictured), had it covered. For around two hours after the tsunami alarm sounded, he held his cell phone to his window overlooking the harbor, broadcasting live on Facebook, waiting for the wave that never came.

The visual is pretty much a view of nothing, since it was night-time, but while he was filming, he talked. And talked. His soothing voice gathered 4,000-plus Facebook users and news outlet listeners in the process. As of Wednesday morning, the video (fb.me/larry.pestrikoff) has been viewed by 153,000 people.

Among the myriad of topics he covered was his Christmas credit card debt. Seth Schrenzel of Gerlach, Nevada, thought Larry ought to have some reward for helping people through those tense hours, so he set up a GoFundMe account to help pay Larry’s bills (tinyurl.com/FundLarryP).

But Larry didn’t broadcast to be famous, or to get financial assistance. As Schrenzel himself said, Larry did it “because he was there, and he cared.”

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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