So we took a bit of a clatterring today
The 2010 Christchurch earthquake was a 7.1 and we heard it was the equivalent of a 1 Megatonne bomb. It gave me a whole new respect for a million tonnes of TNT as it shook our bed around from 200 miles away. But last night's shake was much bigger. Everything got rattled for what seemed a very long time. Thankfully nothing serious seems to have broken although I think I'm going to have to take a hammer to every lead-head on our roof once the rain stops.
Interesting observing the reaction of some youths on social media (they seem to delight in taking videos of everything). They responded like, well, people inexperienced with strife. No perspective you see. Lots of emotions and bad language. They hadn’t been through something like this before.
The media were interesting to observe too. In the little I've seen and heard they responded like, well, people who are trying to make a very serious event into something really spectacular. Seasoned journalists using intemperate language - "get the hell out of there!" - and interviews with emotional people who had moved away from Christchurch only to have another major earthquake follow them. Some were understandably very upset. We saw them get upset.
Apparently emotional responses are important in the news these days.
I suppose though, I was somewhat disappointed that there remained this desire for the colourful, the spectacular, the emotive involving a situation where we all need to be informed and work together. The simple truth is entirely adequate and we can only make good responses based on the truth, not emotions. It may be just the glimpse I got of things (I was busy today and missed a lot of coverage) - but I was left wondering where the measured responses were.
One local Civil Defence guy I heard on the car radio came through though: "We live in a country where we expect these sorts of things to sometimes happen. We just have to sort it out." Good mature advice I thought, for survivors of a natural disaster. For our leaders, the News media, for us in helping our traumatised friends and for inexperienced young people.
Also good advice for those who are upset over other things out of their control that they can’t change.
As in the election of a politician they don't like for instance.
Time for some steady & experienced hands to settle everyone down.
Wouldn’t you agree?