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Today in our world

Yes, nature has two faces:
The pretty one and the ugly one, the disasters!
Love the first face and be prepared for the second one!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan, Turkish Playwright, Novelist and Thinker
1985 – 

Today’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake is the deadliest to hit Mexico in more than 30 years and has brought down buildings in the capital, Mexico City.  At least 216 people are reported dead.

The earthquake also appeared to have triggered an eruption of Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano. In Atzitzihuacan on the slopes of the volcano, a church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, Puebla Governor Jose Antonio Gali said.

This was the second major quake to hit Mexico in two weeks and came on the anniversary of the 1985 quake that devastated Mexico City and in which an estimated 5,000 plus died.

A 5.3 earthquake in Fukushima, Japan is reported today and on it goes.

Meantime, here in Wellington, New Zealand I was at the movies watching (I can’t say enjoying) Dunkirk when we were hit with a 5.1 quake.  But with all the noise, bombings, torpedoes etc and the accompanying shakes, I didn’t even feel it.  How scary is that?  No damage was reported here and certainly no injuries or deaths.  Are we becoming complacent here in New Zealand?  Have we all got our evacuation packs close by?  I wonder.

And so once again, Mother Nature is shaking her skirts.  Earthquakes, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms all around our world.  And we continue to attack our world and its climate.

News of huge icebergs breaking off the ice shelf – Last week, the Larsen C Ice Shelf gave birth to a trillion tonne baby, an iceberg now dubbed A68. The latest observations suggest this big berg has moved 3km from its starting point, and that it’s already starting to crack up. More evidence of Global Warming.  We know that climate change aka Global Warming is doing widespread harm to animals and plants which are struggling to adapt to new conditions.

Oh and not let’s forget the two egomaniacs currently close to coming to blows.  This could completely destroy our planet.

This has been another of my rants.  When one reaches my vast age, and may you all be lucky enough to do so, one is allowed high horses and rants.

Enough already, as my Mother would have said.  Time to settle down with my book and supper and relax until tomorrow when something else will no doubt set me off.

And yes, Dunkirk is an incredible movie.  The historical events recounted in the film document how a makeshift fleet of British fishing boats, pleasure yachts, and cargo ships helped save 185,000 British soldiers and 130,000 French soldiers from death or capture by German invaders during the Fall of France in May and June 1940.   You may know that I was alive then although only a baby.   Of course, we all heard about Dunkirk and the courage of the captains of that armada of small ships but until today I really had no concept of what those rescued troops endured.  They cannot be lauded loudly and often enough.Clapping hands




















An Earthquake and Tsunami Warning



It was a rude awakening for people on the East Coast of the North Island.  The reason?  A 7.1 earthquake.  This is the biggest quake on the North Island in 10 years.  Even though it was strong and felt in many parts of the North Island very little damage has been seen as a result.  Of course, there have been numerous after shakes all day.  And yes, I did feel it here in Wellington some 525 kms away1


Santiago, Photo CNN

Santiago, Photo CNN

The tsunami warning was put in place following an 8.3 earthquake in Santiago, Chile on Thursday.

Traffic moves along US 98 as Hurricane Hermine approaches Eastpoint, Florida, on September 1

Traffic moves along US 98 as Hurricane Hermine approaches Eastpoint, Florida, on September 1.  CNN

And of course, we hear about Hurricane Hermine heading toward Florida.  We are told this is the first hurricane to make landfall in 11 years.

These are just three more examples of Nature’s forces that are well beyond man’s ability to control.  We think we are in control but these two examples show us who really is in charge.

But in fact there were many more earthquakes around the world today –

Earthquakes today


PS – after posting this, I thought about those friends who don’t have such excitement in their lives and wondered if it is incredibly boring.


Don’t know who sent me this, but it’s absolutely appropriate.  And I hope I’m not infringing anyone’s copyright.


Now the work begins

Whenever I have anybody doing work around the house I think of this song.

Twas on a Monday morning the gas man came to call.  The gas tap wouldn’t turn – I wasn’t getting gas at all.  He tore out all the skirting boards to try and find the main  and I had to call a carpenter to put them back again.
Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do.”  Flanders and Swann

For the rest of this comic song and to get an idea of their quirky show,  click here.

This will be very short today as there is really not much to report.

Concrete truck

The concrete cometh

The contractors laid the aggregate on Monday afternoon.


Stage 2

They returned yesterday to put a finish on it and now I have an exposed aggregate patio.


Waiting for weeding and decorating

All it needs is for me to get out there and weed and plant and sow.  You do remember that old children’s song.  And although I now don’t have to mow I can’t get this song out of my head.

“One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow, one man and his dog named Spot, went to mow a meadow.
Two men went to mow, went to mow a meadow, two men, one man and his dog named Spot, went to mow a meadow……”

Now you will have that earworm with you all day.  Sorry about that.

And while I ramble on about such inconsequential things as my patio, the people in Christchurch are living through another round of earthquakes and huge aftershocks.  I really should be posting about them and how we feel for them in their upheaval and danger.  We are told there have been 49 earthquakes around the greater Canterbury region in the last 24 hours with the largest being 6.3 on the Richter scale.  See a video of the impact of the quakes here.

We are used to seeing shots of war-torn cities in Afghanistan, Turkey, Libya but never thought to see anything like this in our own land.  And this is not anything that man has caused; this is nature showing us mortals its strength.















One Day – One Tornado and One Earthquake

Map of New Zealand“New Zealand is not a small country
but a large village. ”
Peter Jackson,  New Zealand film director,
producer, actor, and screenwriter, 1961 –

New Zealand is often compared to a village.  Its total land area is 268,670 square kilometers (103,733 square miles), making it about the size of the state of Colorado, with a coastline of 15,134 kilometers (9,404 miles).  So we have friends and family in all other parts of this small country.

On Tuesday 4 May the country was hit twice – a tornado in Auckland in the north of the North Island and an earthquake in Nelson in the north of the South Island.
This wasn’t a tornado of the magnitude of that which hit Alabama last week but it caused widespread damage – see the video from the Guardian UK .
Our immediate thoughts and reactions were for friends in those areas. I phoned friends living in Auckland because the tornado was shown live on TV and seemed to be pretty scary. There were many people injured by flying roofing iron, broken glass, cars being upturned and other things being lifted and deposited somewhere else. One person died who was working inside a building being demolished.
The Nelson earthquake was small – we don’t really get excited about any quake that’s only around 4 on the Richter scale.  We are rather blase about the whole earthquake thing.  We say that we are prepared for the big one .  But can one ever be prepared for such a happening?
Wellington, the capital city and where I live lies within the earthquake-generating collision zone between two of the Earth’s great tectonic plates, and sits on top of one of the zone’s most active geological faults – the Wellington Fault.  It was widely expected that we would get the next big one.
Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral Before 22.02.11

Instead on February 22 a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Canterbury region in the South Island causing widespread damage and multiple fatalities. This followed nearly six months after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit  Canterbury in September 2010 which caused significant damage to the region but no direct fatalities.
Christchurch Cathedral after 22.02.11

Christchurch Cathedral on 22.02.11

The February earthquake caused much more widespread damage and the loss of life was in excess of 180. And almost every day we hear of more aftershocks in the region.

See the video report from TVNZ here

So our small country took two hits on the same day leaving people in both the north and south island bemused at what is happening here and in other parts of the world.

Gregg Easterbrook, 1953 –  American writer and lecturer said –

“But by showing us live coverage of every bad thing happening everywhere in the world, cable news make life seem like it’s just an endless string of disasters – when, for most people in most places today, life is fairly good. “
So here is something to make you smile –

The rain has gone

 “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. 
It means that you look beyond the imperfections
and smile.”
Judith Baxter 1938- mother, grandmother,
sister, friend.