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Tsunami?

It’s not something I’ve ever dealt with before, not something I’ve even thought about much before – but apparently there is one on it’s way here now.

Due to hit my town at 12.17pm…. that’s three hours from now.

Reading the news item about it leaves me wondering what to expect. Typically, I think we’re way laid back about these kinds of things. New Zealander’s tend to adopt that good old ‘she’ll be right’ attitude and take things as they come. I certainly know that I do not have an emergency survival kit sorted out (I won’t last long when the zombies attack), and before now, have not really felt the need. (I think I’ll get one organized after this though!)

And yet now, I do worry. In fact, I’m kind of freaked out – possibly a combination of the fact that I now have two kids, and this is something new. I’ve done massive flooding, survived a cyclone, dealt with the typical stormy weather, made it through earthquakes (not that we’ve had too many big ones). Fires and Tsunami’s though? I’ve yet to tick those off my list.

I could just not worry about it, send Ivy down to daycare – which happens to be two streets from the sea – and say ‘she’ll be right’. But what if something does happen? And my baby girl is down there in the middle of it all? I can’t run the risk. She is going to be very unpleased with me, but I’d rather she be mad than hurt or in danger. And yes, it might come to nothing, but I’d rather be a paranoid mother than put her in any danger.

Oh, and then I see posts like this and freak out even more!

I guess, if nothing more, we’re one of the last places in the country that it’s meant to hit so I can stay tuned and see what happens elsewhere…

This may all come to nothing. I hope thats all it will come to. But only time will tell.

Update: Sounds like the impact is not huge so far – providing you’re not right on the beach, you should be okay. Still keeping an eye on things, but will most likely avoid Ivy’s wrath and let her go to daycare – being on the west coast of the island means that any impact should be smaller anyways (or so I’ve been told!)

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7 thoughts on “Tsunami?”

  1. I would not go down near the beach.
    Chances are nothing will happen

    SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
    BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND
    COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD
    TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS
    CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE
    EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

    NEW ZEALAND EAST CAPE 37.7S 178.5E 2044Z 29 SEP
    GISBORNE 38.7S 178.0E 2100Z 29 SEP
    NORTH CAPE 34.4S 173.3E 2112Z 29 SEP
    NAPIER 39.5S 176.9E 2140Z 29 SEP
    WELLINGTON 41.3S 174.8E 2150Z 29 SEP
    AUCKLAND(E) 36.7S 175.0E 2212Z 29 SEP
    AUCKLAND(W) 37.1S 174.2E 2239Z 29 SEP
    LYTTELTON 43.6S 172.7E 2255Z 29 SEP
    NEW PLYMOUTH 39.1S 174.1E 2317Z 29 SEP
    NELSON 41.3S 173.3E 2323Z 29 SEP
    DUNEDIN 45.9S 170.5E 2331Z 29 SEP
    MILFORD SOUND 44.6S 167.9E 2358Z 29 SEP
    WESTPORT 41.8S 171.6E 2359Z 29 SEP
    BLUFF 46.6S 168.3E 0044Z 30 SEP

    1. Hello stranger!

      Yeah, you know, I think I’m a little disappointed. Not that I want bad stuff to happen, but… well it would have been interesting.

    1. yeah, generally I have to agree. Still…. ah well, something else will crop up no doubt. Thank goodness I have a decent imagination to keep things interesting with!

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