Big turn-out in NZ to watch apocalyptic tsunami
There’s a tsunami warning. What do you do? In New Zealand, people go to the beach.
Okay so the family above are Germans. But others in the photos below are locals, pictured this morning at the North Shore beach of Takapuna in New Zealand. The shots were taken as a tragedy was unfolding in Samoa, where the tsunami generated by an earthquake crashed ashore, flattening whole villages and killing dozens of people, including a 50-year-old Tasmanian woman.
It has been almost five years since the Boxing Day tsunami that killed some 230,000 people across 11 countries. Since then tsunami warning systems have become much more sophisticated and are reported with urgency. As I write another warning has just been issued for Samoa, where you can bet people will be seeking high ground with some alacrity given what has already happened.
That said, just a few months ago there was a tsunami warning for the entire Australian east coast. People took their kids to Sydney Harbour that night, too, and there were no mass evacuations from the city’s beaches.
Most people just sat at home and waited to see what happened.
So here’s the question: when authorities warn you a lethal wall of water may be rushing towards your house, potentially about to flatten everything for miles around - or possibly not - what do you do?
Here are snaps of what the locals got up to in Takapuna. Pictures from Reuters.
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