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Offline Erin

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« on: April 02, 2007, 03:11:43 PM »
I don't know if y'all heard that Eastern Oz was under a Tsunami warning this morning. Before it hit (all 10cm of it), it caused mild panic and evacuations of low lying areas of Northern QLD and some Sydney beach side schools. Various businesses closed and waited until the warning was cancelled, which I thought was around about 2pm this arvo.

When I read the warning on the BOM site after Matt emailed me at work I just had to blink and think about what I'd just read.

It's just bizarre. Mildly alarming too. It was good to see that they swung the Tsunami plan into action and people actually mostly heeded the warning and got off the beaches etc. a few idiots decided to be heroes though and either go hang around the surf or just be loudmouthed fools on the radio and tell people to not worry at all even though they have no authority to do so (John Laws.. I heard him... idiot.)

As for the Soloman Islands, they were hit with a 3m Tsunami that killed about 15 people and damaged houses on the Islands. After seeing the news back on Boxing Day 04 with the Indonesian Tsunami... that has just allowed me to fully respect the fact that if there is a warning, I will certainly heed it no matter how ridiculous it may sound. I'm not going to stand around testing to see whether it turns out to be a lap at the shoreline or a pummeling mass of water ready to redesign the shoreline forever. It's not worth the risk.  

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TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
NSW TSUNAMI WARNING
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Issued at 0818 on Monday the 2nd of April 2007

For people in coastal areas of New South Wales, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk
Island.

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 8.1 occurred at 06:40 am EST this morning
near the Solomon Islands, [epicentre 8.6S, 157.2E] and may have generated a
tsunami.

At the time of this warning it is not known if a Tsunami was generated. This
warning is based only on an evaluation of the earthquake's potential to generate
a Tsunami.

A series of waves associated with this tsunami may impact Australia later this
morning, reaching Norfolk Island from around 12:08 pm [Norfolk Island time],
Lord Howe Island from around 11:16 am [Lord Howe Island time] and the NSW
coastline between
11:00 am and midday.

Dangerous waves and currents may affect beaches, harbours and rivers for several
hours from the time of impact and low-lying coastal areas could be flooded. The
waves can be separated in time by between ten to sixty minutes and the first
wave of the series may not be the largest.

The NSW State Emergency Service advises that:
· People at the beach should leave the beach, and any areas exposed to surf, and
move to higher ground.
· People in boats in shallow water should immediately return to land, secure
vessels and move to higher ground.
· Boats and ships at sea should move to deep water and not return to harbour
until advised that it is safe to do so.
· If you see the sea go out like a very low tide then immediately go to high
ground.
· People should keep listening to the local media for updated information and
advice and follow instructions and advice from emergency services
This warning will be updated by 11:00 am.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218

The Bureau and NSW State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being
broadcast regularly.

Cooktown from 0931am 02/04/2007
Cairns from 0949am
Brisbane 1033am
Gladstone 1139am
Mackay 1144am
I lub j00

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007, 03:36:08 PM »
It's St. Stephan's Day...
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007, 03:51:27 PM »
what's st stephan's day? it is another excuse to wear green and drink guinness?
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One day, when he was naughty. Mr Bunnsy looked over the hedge into Farmer Fred's field and it was full of fresh green lettuces. Mr Bunnsy, however, was not full of lettuces. This did not seem fair.

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007, 04:10:09 PM »
the funny side of it...

some photos of the tsunami on the australian end are here

the sadder side can be sought out another way i think..
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One day, when he was naughty. Mr Bunnsy looked over the hedge into Farmer Fred's field and it was full of fresh green lettuces. Mr Bunnsy, however, was not full of lettuces. This did not seem fair.

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007, 04:33:14 PM »
What you mistakenly call 'boxing day' is really 'St. Stephan's Day'
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2007, 03:49:47 AM »
Can anyone say "hysterics"?  What a beat up.  Cairns, the very northern end of QLD, Papua New Guinea and MAYBE somewhere down to the southern coast of Queensland might have been effected, and Cairns wasn't silly to be on high alert but closing beaches and schools and businesses in Sydney?  Please.  Maybe if the earthquake had been in New Zealand...  Even the media are a little sheepish today after yesterday's absolute non event.

I feel terrible for the people in the Solomons, who were really affected by this.
Hermaphrodite Jesus, he hides in the carport.  The neighbour car headlights shine on him, he's scared.
He stoops and he cowers, they call a policeman, they came and they siezed him, and laughed at his hair.
And Jesus hates policemen, for their hearts can know no love.
That's why every time he sees the man, he says "Hey let's beat it, it's the fuzz"

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2007, 04:29:57 AM »
Yeah I found it hard to balance my amusement at the situation with my concern for human life. It would suck if nobody took it seriously and it did end up causing a lot of damage, but it seems like everybody just heard the word tsunami and went crazy. They literally ran for the hills.
People always tell me that they're crazy. Crazy people aren't so fucking boring.

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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2007, 07:24:50 AM »
Quote from: Nuada
What you mistakenly call 'boxing day' is really 'St. Stephan's Day'
Boxin Day is better, cause then you can have Kick Boxing Day the day after... the christmas holidays are hard on my vital organs! :(
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2007, 09:15:37 AM »
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What you mistakenly call 'boxing day' is really 'St. Stephan's Day'
December 26 in Aus.