There's been a tsunami warning for coastal areas of NSW this morning after an earthquake in the Solomon Islands. This news report was filed just ten minute ago.
WM rang to say that all Sydney Ferry services have been suspended and passengers are using trains and/or buses.
I can't explain what a weird feeling this gives as I sit at my computer in the western suburbs of Sydney, a mere 50km from the coast. The sky is blue, there's not a cloud in sight, the breeze is soft and a little cool (it is autumn after all) and yet it's strangely quiet outside. I can't hear any birds and that's very unusual. All the sounds I can hear are man-made in one form or another.
Yet, within an hour from my home, nature could be about to reap havoc!
I think of my friend, Kate, who works at the Sydney Opera House and has probably been evacuated. I think of my colleague, Jane, whom I have yet to meet. She is flying in to Sydney from Melbourne today - we are working together this afternoon. The airport is on Port Botany; how has that been affected? I can't find anything on the 'Net so I assume it's business as usual.
Reading various reports seems to suggest that the threat is minimal, but after the Boxing Day disaster, authorities will be taking no chances.
Hmm, therE's always a curve ball, isn't there?