9 January 2012
So what would you do…
Posted by Dave Petley
…if you were standing on a beach buying ice creams for your kids. Suddenly an earthquake occurs, and across the bay clouds of dust are thrown up by rockfalls. Behind you is a set of cliffs that have collapsed in previous (very recent) earthquakes, such that the road is now being protected only by a double height of shipping containers?
The answer is here:
Thanks to Jill for highlighting this video.
What i wouldn’t have done:
left my kids alone while i ran out of view
to take a video.
First of all, turn on the radio to get information of Tsunami, please.
Sounds like a new guy in town – the novelty hasn’t worn off. My friends in Christchurch can assure him that it does wear off, rather quickly!
What an [deleted] – leaving his kids who were probably terrified, just after there’s been an earthquake – not to get help, but to take some [deleted] video shots. Great priorities. That man should be ashamed. Some father.
I shot this video. I do live in Christchurch and have been there for every earthquake since September 4th. My kids were safe as they were in the car-park hundreds of meters from the cliffs, otherwise I wouldn’t have left them. The quake wasn’t big enough to produce a Tsunami …would take something over a seven to create one. After feeling so many you get a sense of how big they are. And I don’t find it a novelty at all and I don’t believe anyone here in Christchurch is getting used to them thank you very much….no matter how staunch you pretend to be. Oh yeah and I also went back because my kids still wanted there ice cream. That’s just the new normal of living in Christchurch.
Hundreds of metres from the cliffs……..really? Seems to me and my local knowledge that there are not very many carparks on the shoreline near Sumner that are ‘hundreds of metres from the cliffs’. And how many of us in Christchurch have ‘built in’ seismometers?
It appears that the person taking this video took risks with respect to his childrens’ and his own personal safety that would be unacceptably high to me. Also of concern is that the people on the beach show no real alarm despite the cascading cliffs and potential for tsunami!