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Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

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Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby Ben » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:11 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby BlackBird » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:18 pm

Last I heard was there was a 1 metre Tsunami predicted to hit my city. Luckily there's nothing really below 2 or three metres. Our low lying land is protected by a high sand dune the runs the length of the coastline. The only trouble that might occur is if it comes up the harbour, but hopefully it will all pass safely by. Really hope nobody gets hurt here, it's good we've had plenty of warning though.

edit: expected to hit us here around 12:31pm

Will let you know if anything happens.
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby Ben » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:23 pm

Thanks mate.
Look after yourself and do make sure your friends and family are aware of the threat.
metta

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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby BlackBird » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:42 pm

Thanks Ben.

Listening to national radio then, the reports coming out of Samoa are that 11 people are confirmed dead, it's expected the death toll might rise. Several villages have been wiped away, but most of the people had enough warning to get to safety. Heart really goes out to those affected.

I just got word that the Tsunami warning has been dropped for the South Island of NZ, they're expecting something minor, around 40cm I believe.

Metta & :anjali:
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:56 pm

Greetings,

40 centimetres... sounds like it's been downgraded from a tsunami to a wave! :thumbsup:

Hopefully no one else gets hurt.

Metta,
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby pink_trike » Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:28 pm

There's likely gonna be some good surfing here in California tomorrow as we get the tail end of it. :)
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby cooran » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:36 am

Death Toll over a 100 and rising. Over a thousand homes lost. Samoa is in ruins.


"Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed that a six-year-old Australian girl has been killed in the Samoa tsunami.

A 50-year-old Australian woman, Maree Blacker has also died. Mr Rudd says three Australians are still missing in Samoa and seven are in hospital.

The death toll from the tsunami which swept through the Pacific this morning has passed 100 and 1,000 have lost their homes.

Resorts, homes and a newly built hospital have been washed away.

Doctor Puni of the Medcen Private Hospital in Apia says people inland and inside bungalows on the beach, are among those who were caught up in the tsunami.

"Some of them saw the wave coming and so they were heading out towards higher ground and the wave just overtook them, while they were on flight to higher grounds unfortunately and some of them did not have very much option at all," he said.


'Reef sucked dry'

Tourists are gathered at the airport in Samoa recounting their tales of holiday horror.

New Zealander Hamish Nead was out surfing when the tsunami hit.

He says the reef was sucked dry in front of his eyes.

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele says his country is shocked. He says everything happened like lightning and there was no time to run.

Australia has two Air Force Hercules aircraft ready to fly emergency supplies to Samoa.

Australia, New Zealand and France are working together to coordinate sending the aid.

The Parliamentary Secretary for International Assistance, Bob McMullan, says Australia will be sending medical supplies and other emergency help.

He says the Samoan Government has made it clear how serious the problem is.

"The most sort of stark thing that the Government said they needed, although I'm not sure that we'll be ones to supply it, is they need morgue facilities," he said.

"Now that's one of those messages that sends a chill down your spine, to hear someone perfectly reasonably, sensibly saying the problem is the morgue's not adequate for the consequences."

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says details of what assistance Australia will provide are being finalised.

"We are working as Australia very closely not just with the Samoans but with our friends in New Zealand and the Government of France and others who are active in the region to provide all levels of practical support possible," he said.

"But it may take some time before the full impact of the disaster is known."


Tributes flow

A community in Northern Tasmania is mourning the loss of horse trainer Maree Blacker who was killed in the tsunami."

Mrs Blacker's husband John is also well-known in the local racing industry.

Mr Blacker remains in Samoa and is being assisted by the Department of Foreign Affairs.Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley says the Longford community is devastated.

"The Blacker family is highly respected not only in this community but statewide, especially in the racing fraternity," he said.

"Maree worked with John to achieve goals that they had gained in the racing industry. It's a huge shock and its a huge loss."

An industry spokesman, Peter Staples, says the trip to Samoa was Mrs Blacker's birthday gift from her husband.

"The entire Tasmanian racing industry is in mourning today for the loss of Maree and obviously our heartfelt feelings go out to John who was with her and it's just an absolute tragedy," he said.



-Australians worried about friends or relatives in Samoa or American Samoa can call a DFAT hotline on 1300 555 135.



http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 ... 701157.htm
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby cooran » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:43 am

Hello all,

We have a large Samoan community in Brisbane - a gentle religious people mostly. Travel agents are reporting flights booked out as grieving and frightened people attempt to find out what has happened to their dear ones. Many older people stay in Samoa while the younger generation works in Australia and sends money back to them and to the Church in Samoa.

Please hold them in your hearts with metta and karuna.

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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:28 am

It's devastating here too. There almost as many Samoans in New Zealand as in Samoa...

Mike

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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby BlackBird » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:32 am

Well said Chris :anjali:
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:13 am

:heart:
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:41 pm

May they be well, may no harm come to them . . .

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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby pink_trike » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:06 pm

A person dies every second on planet Earth. Count to ten...ten people died. If we pay attention, this is an ordinary event. May all beings find their way to authentic happiness no matter what circumstances they encounter.
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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby pink_trike » Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:04 pm

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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby cooran » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:15 pm

Hello Pink_Trike, The Dhamma, all,

I'm not sure if you realise that many of us know Samoans who have been affected personally. Many of my clients are Samoans who are frightened and desperate for news of their loved ones.
This thread wasn't supposed to be an academic discussion about the pervasiveness of suffering - which is a little insensitive in this context.

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Re: Tsunami warning: Pacific Islands and NZ

Postby pink_trike » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:21 pm

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