Let’s misuse Maori so we can sound cool and inclusive

I have no idea why bureaucrats feel the need to throw random Maori words into English text, especially when there is a perfectly good English word for the context and more especially when the Maori word is not a good fit.

A ‘personal’ email just arrived from the exceedingly annoying Neighbourly program with an important message for ‘my’ area. I caved in and opened it. quote. Read more »

Hey GNS, explaining is losing

GNS basically has only one job, and it appears they cocked that up.

GNS Science says it was taken by surprise by the tsunami that followed last Monday’s earthquake.

The Crown research institute said it was not the only one – its international colleagues were also caught out.

GNS director Ken Gledhill said it was clear from satellite radar and GPS that the earthquake ruptured several faultlines from Culverden to Cape Campbell.

But one of them behaved in an unexpected way.

“The tsunami turned out to be a surprise, and it wasn’t a surprise just for us – my international colleagues had the same issue,” Dr Gledhill said.

“Large on-land earthquakes do not usually cause tsunami – we did not know it had gone off-shore.” ? Read more »


Photo of the Day

Halifax Explosion. Tall cloud of smoke rising over the water. This is one of the few photographs of the blast, reportedly taken 15-20 seconds after the explosion.

Halifax Explosion. Tall cloud of smoke rising over the water. This is one of the few photographs of the blast, reportedly taken 15-20 seconds after the explosion.

?The Explosion

A Second of Silence, Then in the Blink of an Eye?

On December 6, 1917, the town of Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) was destroyed by the explosion of a cargo ship loaded with military explosives. About two thousand people were killed and almost ten thousands were injured. Until the first nuclear blast, it was the largest man-made explosion in recorded history with an equivalent force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT.

??Hold up the train. Ammunition Ship Afire in Harbour Making for Pier 6 and will Explode. Guess this will be My Last Message. Goodbye Boys.?

Final Communication from Railway Dispatcher Patrick Vincent Coleman

At 9:04:35?Mont-Blanc?exploded with a force stronger than any manmade explosion before it.

The steel hull burst sky-high, falling in a blizzard of red-hot, twisted projectiles on Dartmouth and Halifax.

Some pieces were tiny; others were huge. Part of the anchor hit the ground more than 4 kilometers away on the far side of Northwest Arm. A gun barrel landed in Dartmouth more than 5 kilometers from the harbour.

The explosion sent a white cloud billowing 20,000 feet above the city.

For almost two square kilometers around Pier 6, nothing was left standing. The blast obliterated most of Richmond: its homes, apartments and even the towering sugar refinery. On the Dartmouth side, Tuft’s Cove took the brunt of the blast. The small settlement of Turtle Grove was obliterated.

More than 1600 people were killed outright; hundreds more would die in the hours and days to come. Nine thousand people, many of whom might have been safe if they hadn’t come to watch the fire, were injured by the blast, falling buildings and flying shards of glass.

And it wasn’t over yet.

Within minutes the dazed survivors were awash in water. The blast provoked a tsunami?that washed up as high as 20?meters above the harbour’s high-water mark on the Halifax side.

People who were blown off their feet by the explosion, now hung on for their lives as water rushed over the shoreline, through the dockyard and beyond Campbell Road (now Barrington Street).

The tsunami lifted?Imo?onto the Dartmouth shore. The ship stayed there until spring.

The tsunami created by the explosion swept through the damaged areas, scouring the land and leaving bare mud piled with debris. Fireplaces and furnaces caused fires in other areas, leaving acres of charred wreckage.

By 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 1917, a major Canadian city lay in rubble, and most of the undamaged area had no water or heat. All communication was lost with the outside world; the city had no telephone service.

That night, a blizzard hit the region, bringing gale force winds and temperatures of 10-15 F. Thick, wet snow soon hid the victims, hindered the rescuers, and halted relief trains; by morning, ice coated the streets and hills.

The Halifax Explosion was the largest man-made explosion until the first atomic bomb was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.

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Tsunami warning issued for East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.


From the The Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management:

The Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning (marine and beach threat) for East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.

People in the above coastal areas should: 1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) 2. Stay off beaches and shore areas 3. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities The tsunami warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by MCDEM. Updates will be issued hourly. Only messages issued by MCDEM represent the official warning status for New Zealand, not those issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC). This warning has been issued to all local civil defence authorities, emergency services, other agencies and media. Local civil defence authorities will interpret this information for their areas and advise public action via local radio stations.

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Photo Of The Day

Getty Photo

Getty Photo

Japan 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Read more »

Tsunami footage you may not have seen previously


Car soup


NZ on Tsunami Watch after magnitude 8 earthquake near Solomons

Fox reports

Credit: Hugh Gentry/Reuters

Credit: Hugh Gentry/Reuters

A tsunami alert was issued Wednesday for several South Pacific island nations after a strong earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said sea level readings indicated a tsunami was generated that may be destructive near the epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8.0-magnitude quake struck Wednesday 50 miles west of Lata, in the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 3.6 miles.

There were no immediate reports of damage. Josephine Mae, a police official in the Solomon’s capital city of Honiara, said she had not felt any shaking and said police had received no reports of a tsunami being witnessed there.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami warning is in effect for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna. A tsunami watch is in effect for American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and eastern Indonesia.

This post will be updated as more information comes to hand. ?? Read more »

7.7 Magnitude Earthquake in Canada, Tsunami warning in effect

UPDATE: Watch the?HawaiiNewsNow.Com Livestream

Warning sirens are sounding across Hawaii as a tsunami, measuring between one and two metres, is expected to hit the islands following a 7.7 earthquake off Canada?s Pacific coast.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands at 8.05pm on Saturday local time (4.05pm Sunday, NZT) and was centred 155km? south of Masset, British Columbia.

Gerard Fryer, senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre,?told CNN?that Hawaii could expect waves between one to two metres high. “We are recommending coastal evacuation,” he said.

The centre said the first tsunami could hit the islands by about 10.30pm local time (9.30pm Sunday NZT).

Fryer told CNN the waves would not be as significant as those generated by the devastating earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011, leaving thousands dead.

Hawaii news website staradvertiser.com?said tsunami warning sirens have sounded across Hawaii and officials have told people in inundation zones to? evacuate immediately.

?A tsunami has been generated that could cause damage along coastlines of all islands in the state of Hawaii,? the centre said in a statement. ?Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.?

The centre originally said there was no threat to the islands, but a warning was later issued and remains in effect until 7pm Sunday (6pm Monday, NZT). A small craft advisory is in effect until Sunday morning.

New Zealand Civil Defence spokesperson Ian Maclean said there was no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the earthquake.

Tsunami Warning in Effect:?(Google Public Alerts)

A tsunami Warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Decision, Alaska (85 miles SE of Sitka). – Event details: Preliminary magnitude 7.1 (Mwp) earthquake / Lat: 52.863, Lon: -131.942 at 2012-10-28T03:04:11Z Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant widespread inundation is expected, or occurring. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

Earthquake Details: (Google Public Alerts)

Location:?126 miles (202 km) SSW of Prince Rupert, BC, Canada; 164 miles (263 km) S of Metlakatla, AK; 172 miles (277 km) SSE of Hydaburg, AK; 452 miles (727 km) NW of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Source: U.S. Geological Survey



This guy is just confused, Ctd

NZPF’s Paul Drummond is home from his state funded junket to Melbourne but not much better informed.

Directly from his latest update. World news: New Orleans suffered a Tsunami and not a Hurricane.

“I am mindful of what happened in the US in the wake of the ?Katrina? tsunami. The Government took advantage of the disaster to establish charter schools which have been found retrospectively to be performing poorly compared with the system prior to the tsunami.”

Not afraid to politicise human suffering – he cannot be bothered being accurate (surely he must?publicly?apologise for this). There are many reasons schools in New Orleans are not doing was well after the?Hurricane?and the place is still massively damaged. He clearly is researching nothing.

He does thoughtfully tell the Principals who have just been in Melbourne (while the children are at school) to:

“Enjoy your holiday break, take at least some of the time out for yourself and recharge for the final term.”

This is the standard of?Principals?in our “world class” education system. Is it any wonder that kids are failing when the head of the NZPF can;t even get basic facts correct.