WAHINE Disaster – 50 Years of Pain

April 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wahine tragedy, which claimed the lives of 53 people after the ferry ran aground in Wellington Harbour.
With 734 passengers and crew, Wahine left Lyttelton at 8.43pm on her final voyage and was due in Wellington the next day. In the run up the Canterbury and Kaikoura coast and across Cook Strait, conditions deteriorated. As the ferry entered the funnel of the Wellington Harbour entrance it was hit by Giselle’s high, strengthening winds and towering waves that were later in the morning estimated to be up to 12m high.
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North Korea missile launch alert sent by Japanese broadcaster NHK in error

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.
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. . .and what would happen if it was Real ?

I am speechless – the second “Human Error” in a week . . .and we are worried about “Global Warming” ?? It’s only a matter of time and we’ll all get very very warm, very very quickly ! [Ed}

False ‘ballistic missile threat to Hawaii’ message sent to residents in error, US military says

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is launching a “full investigation” into a false wireless emergency alert that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission says.
The alerts to Hawaii mobile users were issued at about 8.07am local time, saying “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL”.
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Seek immediate shelter in your bathtub!  Ooops. . . your State Authority mistakenly transmitted this alert due to human error!  Sorry Hawaii but you are a S*****hole Country anyway. . .goodbye!  I wonder how long before human error pushes the big Red Button? [Ed]

Missing Malaysia jet MH370 weeks away from keeping secrets forever.

mh370_getty_3_620x310The man leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is showing the strain after almost two years of fruitless toil. Martin Dolan, head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said he struggles to sleep at times, gnawed by thoughts that wreckage from the Boeing Co. 777 may have slipped through the sonar net scanning 120,000 square kilometres of the southern Indian Ocean.

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Something’s lurking at Chernobyl

GettyImages-492210482_620x310In the eerie emptiness of Chernobyl’s abandoned towns, wildlife is flourishing.
The sound was like nothing Tom Hinton had ever heard before: a chorus of baleful wolf howls, long and loud and coming from seemingly every direction in the darkness. The predators yipped and chirped and crooned to one another for what seemed like forever, sending a shiver of awe and intuitive fear down Hinton’s spine. “It was a primordial experience,” he said, something most of humanity hasn’t felt for tens of thousands of years. “That dates back to when humans were prey.”

French agent apologises for sinking Rainbow Warrior 30 years ago

6753916-3x2-940x627The French secret service agent who attached the mines which sank the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand 30 years ago has apologised for his actions.

The captain of the bombed Rainbow Warrior says he accepts the apology of a former French secret service officer who was part of a team that planted the bomb – but says justice has not been done.

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The 12 most likely causes of the Apocalypse.

179322846_620x311Intelligent computers that take over the world and an incurable virus that kills off the human race might sound like plots worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster – but scientists insist they are real threats. They are just two of the 12 ways the world could end, according to new research. A team from Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Challenges Foundation has come up with the first serious scientific assessment of the apocalyptic risks we face. A few of the scenarios arise from events that are out of our control – such as an asteroid hitting the Earth or the eruption of a supervolcano – but most emerge from human advancements. More . . .

Shipwrecked and stranded: Team Vestas Wind back on dry land after horror crash in Volvo Ocean Race

1417741173893Travelling at 20 knots (37km/h) in the Indian Ocean while competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, the crew of Team Vestas Wind, including Kiwi yachtsmen Rob Salthouse and Tony Rae, was forced to abandon ship after . . More. . .

Christmas Eve 60 years ago – Tangiwai survivor’s story shared after death.

On Christmas Eve 60 years ago, 151 people died in the Tangiwai railway disaster. A dramatic mudflow, or lahar, was unleashed from Mt Ruapehu when the crater lake’s wall collapsed.

DISASTER: The drama of Tangiwai continues to resonate, its timing on Christmas Eve making it all the more poignant.
DISASTER: The drama of Tangiwai continues to resonate, its timing on Christmas Eve making it all the more poignant.

It surged down the Whangaehu River, destroying the railway bridge at Tangiwai. The Wellington to Auckland overnight express plunged into the raging torrent.

The driver, fireman, one first class passenger, and 148 of the 176 second class passengers died.

Among the few from the second-class carriages to survive was Richard Edward Brett, 18, known to all as Ted, who somehow avoided being swept to his death down the flooded river.

”The water was completely blinding,” he would later recall.

”It was full of sulphur, engine oil, and other muck and debris.”

The only survivor from the second carriage, he made notes on the disaster and gave two unpublished interviews before he died in 2008. Here, for the first time, is his story.

Christchurch Earthquake – February 22, 2011

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“It took 160 years to build the city of Christchurch. It took an earthquake 24 seconds to rip the heart out of it. A century and a half of human endeavour was wasted in less than half a minute. In that half a minute, 185 people died or were mortally wounded.”  More . .

Bundaberg Floods 2013

Bundaberg Bridge
[Kiwozi: I started off providing various Video’s and Links to all sorts of Flood  ” News ” ??   in this blog and then I stopped myself.  Is this  ” News ” ?,  no,  this is the mass destruction of people’s property, livelihood and tragically for a few, their very life.  Do I really want to highlight all these disasters that for many have occurred for the second time in two years  ?  No, I’m not some out of town Reporter – I live here !   So I removed my original material.

Ninety percent of these pictures I personally stood with my toes in the muddy water and took myself.  Note: For comparison purposes you can see some 2011 Pictures here and  you may well recognize some of the same premises/locations all over again.

The Map below is informative to give some geographical appreciation of the vastness of flood waters.

Finally I wish to share a heart wrenching story concerning a Skipper, his family and his boat.  They feature in this blog because I had personally made their acquaintance as neighbors of yacht Screensaver while berthed at Midtown Marina and because they were fellow Kiwis.  Their sad story is here. ]

2013 Flood Inundation Map

See Video Map of Bundaberg Metro Area – watch it spread & turn from blue to yellow.  There are other clips of the scene of destruction at the end.