Thanks to an earthquake around 3 1/2 hours ago off the South Island of New Zealand, much of the East Coast of Australia including the East Coast of Tasmania has a Tsunami warning in effect as well as Hobart where i am. Our warning was for several hours from 9.30pm and with the exception of one waterfront bar closing, there seems to have been little reaction when i was at Hobart Port Area around 11pm with the exception of one waterfront bar that closed just in case.
Unconfirmed via a twitter post, Seven news is reporting the Tsunami measured at 12 cm high (a little under 5 inches) and Inundation is not expected according to ABC News.
Not much to show, just some flowers at the side of the road to mark the place where two people died yesterday on the South Arm Highway. It was part of a horror day on Tasmanian Roads where 9 people were killed in accidents on the State’s roads. To put it in perspective, the road toll for the whole of last year was I believe 48, so nine in a day is shocking and it seems unnecessary. People weren’t driving to the conditions, people were driving dangerously and some people were just unlucky, being killed by people not doing one of the first two.
So i am asking all my readers, take care on the roads and drive to the conditions. Some courtesy doesn’t hurt either. But don’t end up with just some flowers to mark where you died unnecessarily.
The Steve Irwin returned to Hobart on Friday fresh from the Southern Ocean where it has been protesting and trying to obstruct the Japanese whaling fleet and their whaling for “research” purposes.
The arrival was not without incident with Federal Police meeting it with a search warrant and confiscated the ship’s log book and video footage.
The footage seized dipicted the slaughter of a whale, first shot with an explosive harpoon and then pulled alongside the Japanese ship where it was shot 7 times in 20 minutes with a shotgun. It was this footage that caused the ship to return to port early when information was received a Japanese Security vessel had been deployed with commandos to intercept the sea shepherd and seize the footage
A bonus shot today showing the damage to the Steve Irwin from a collision with a Japanese Whaler.
I thought with all the world wide attention being put on F1 driver Mark Webbers accident yesterday on the Fortescue Bay Road while competing in his own charity event that I would post a topical picture of the area. This is Fortescue Bay, part of the Tasman National Park and a really beautiful part of the world.
A year after the fire at Hobart’s Myer Store its still in the news as debate and uncertainty reigns about what and even whether the Hobart Myer will be rebuilt. I thought i would look back over the events as i posted them this time last year from the night of the fire to the day after with just the shell remaining to when the demolition started after the shell was deemed unsafe to stay standing although the front door was left for a while.