On TVNZ’s Breakfast, the Civil Defence spokesperson was asked what we should do.
“Er, I guess you need to turn on your radios and be ready to evacuate," the poor guy stammered. If you are going to be a spokesperson, please have a way with words.
I live a block away from the beach. A tsunami is possible in my area. My phone book even has a helpful section about what to do if one lives “in a zone at risk":
Some people in the village have told me they are worried about what to do in a tsunami. Ironically, these same people are not prepared for an earthquake.
An earthquake is extremely likely in the village. Since, you know, we live on a FAULT LINE. A tsunami is just a little more likely than, say, a snowstorm in Miami.
I made the mistake of posting a status update about the tsunami on Facebook:
The tsunami is unlikely to affect my area. I'm still ready to evacuate. Because I'm neurotic.Most of the comments that I received were variations of “Thinking of you” and “Keep safe”. I am concerned that my friends on Facebook don’t “get” my sense of humour.
As usual, the tsunami in NZ turned out to be Much Ado About Nothing. The first wave to hit NZ was measured at about 40 cm (15 inches).
Edited to add: You can help the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Samoa by making a donation to the NZ Red Cross.