Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tsunami Warning!!

"Mum, the TV says there's a Tsunami Warning!! What should we do?"

"We should go and have a look of course!"

Hmm - looking pretty glassy straight ahead.

Looking pretty glassy all the way up north.

Looking pretty glassy down south too.

Shouldn't someone warn this guy?

Well, there's nothing else for it. Let's roll down the hill!

I had never heard of a tsunami warning before Boxing Day 2004 and hurricane Katrina. I know I should take these warnings seriously, but seriously - why can't the Govt tell us the ACTUAL risk of tsunami resulting from seismic activity in NZ? Why do they have to cry wolf every time there's a tremor in the Pacific? Of course it's got nothing to do with protecting us, it has to do with absolving themselves of responsibility should the worst ensue. Don't say I didn't warn you.


Julie said...

In Hawaii, when we had tsunami warnings, all the kids ditched school to go surfing. Apparently everyone in the Pacific takes it really seriously. ;)

Jussi said...

Oi! It was a big earthquake...but no one was there to feel it! I was excited about the Tsunami too - I thought "lets show the Aussies what we've got" but in the end all we had was a sad 17cm wave - that's 6 1/2 inches in old money.

love you x x x x

artificiallymythic said...

7.8 is pretty impressive for an earthquake. Less impressive was the wave afterwards. (So many disappointed kiwis in the South).

Although, there are tales told in my old hometown in NZ that when the public announcement system broadcast a tsunami warning about 12 years ago - *almost everybody in the town* went down to the beach to see what it would look like.

She'll be right mate, no wakkas...

2paw said...

Yep, that's what you do in a Tsunami, go to the beach and look for it!!!!! We had a warning here too, but it wasn't very good. Last week they tested out the Flood warning siren. Sadly, hardly anyone in the flood prone area could hear it. Back to the drawing board!!!

The Scarlet Tree said...

Johnny and I heard/felt a tremor on wednesday night. The first time in aaggaggeesss! I suppose size really does matter.

Leeanne said...

Great photos, esp the ones of the kids.