While I'm housesitting, I do not have wireless broadband, in fact, at present I only have dial up. Very painful.
Which is why I'm sitting at Takapuna library using their broadband wireless system and catching up on blogs, and emails etc.. I'm at a window overlooking Takapuna Beach watching stormy weather blow over turning the sea green then blue, then gray, then blue again. The sea isn't calm, but it's not rough either.
I've been sitting here imagining what a Tsunami would be like as I'm looking out the window towards South America! I was at the museum on Sunday and learnt about a tsunammi in Japan that was 37 metres high that killed a lot of people a long time ago. I imagine that 37 metres high would wipe me out from my vantage point here.
Then my friend Lia messaged me from MSN...
'Did you hear about Samoa?'
'No' I said. 'I haven't had a chance to read the paper or look at the news yet.'
'8.3 earthquake, 100 people killed, Tsunami on Samoa and Tonga, and warnings throughout the Pacific.'
I logged onto immediately to our TVNZ website
I look at Samoa - devastated by this and really feel for them.
Then I read about small waves reaching our coastlines, and police asking people to leave Takapuna beach with the civil defence warning still in place...
'Coastal tsunami monitors in the North and South Island have recorded waves three or four times larger than normal.
Civil Defence says there is still potential for waves up to one metre across New Zealand for the remainder of Wednesday. People are being warned to avoid the beaches and any activities on or in the water.
"There is still an ongoing threat of strong currents affecting coastal areas. People should remain clear of beaches and refrain from boating activities,"
I haven't seen anything untoward while I've been sitting here. However, I think I'll leave now and go and find somewhere inland to have some lunch and get on with my day. Besides - I've added 3 blogposts to my blog today and don't want to bore you for a while!