PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
The Last Contrarian
 
Comments: 4
Article views: 792
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all The Last Contrarian's badges.
 

I Survived the Tsunami!

13 April 2012, 09:00

There are two prominent advantages to living in Singapore: (a) when ol’Bob finally expires, it will most likely be in my backyard, and (b) when Indonesia issues a Tsunami warning, I’ll be one of the first people on the planet to know if it is anything to worry about.

So last night my wife and I enter our condo only to have the landlord tell us a Tsunami will hit Singapore in one hour, it’s all over the news. When Japan got hit by the tsunami last year, some schools and offices here closed on the rumour that RADIATION from JAPAN will rain down on Singapore anytime. This place is so small that you might as well stay in your office, or at school IF the radiation could even have reached us, which it can’t—not in dangerous concentrations anyway.

Let me just preemptively nuke the trolls who will post comments down below calling Singaporeans stupid for that embarrassing moment. Having bunch of people falling for hoaxes and internet rumours is not a phenomenon restricted to Singapore. ‘UHURU – Nag van die Lang Messe,’ any takers? Pak jou Maggie 2-minute noodles en waai Prieska toe LOL, daar sal nieman jou kom v*##in help! Some people still drive around SA with a full tank of fuel, just in case. So for those of you who didn’t know why whites have such a propensity to try and scare each other with the news that Mandela is dead, now you know.

Now, brave a god-slayer as I may be, I must confess to being just a tad scared the first time I felt a tremor here in Singapore. I was sitting in the office on the 6th floor when I felt the entire building vibrate. I’ve never felt this in SA before. So my colleagues told me, “yeah, when Indonesia has a big quake we feel tremors here”.

To put my newly discovered awareness of natural disasters to the test, a week ago, I decided to try the hurricane tunnel and the earthquake simulator room at the Singapore Science Center (yes, we have such things here). But I doubt these simulators gave the full effects… so I’m patiently waiting for the BIG ONE to hit so I can write an article about my experience, should I survive the event.

Singapore is a little bit of a spoiled brat here in Asia: when some major quake or tsunami hits, we usually just go “what was that noise?” Most surrounding countries here suffer the full effects of living on the pacific ring of fire, and these effects can be devastating from time to time. Quakes and tsunami’s are a part of life here and any expat living in Asia knows, when the news of a Tsunami hits, you usually get wet, and when the shocking news of an earthquake reaches you, you are already running for the door.

However, what sucked all the fear out of yesterday’s news for me is the fact that I know Singapore not only has two massive landmasses shielding it from tsunamis (Malaysia and Indonesia), but also that the surrounding waters are too shallow to propagate a truly devastating wave. So the tsunami from yesterday hit us all right, all 17cm of it. Moerse, and here I thought I’d have an Editor’s Choice article prepared followed by a job offer to be Nasper’s Singapore correspondent for my immaculate coverage of all the dead bodies washing up on the Singapore coastline… not happening.

And so, to my mild disappointment, I, again, find myself a resident in a country where I get go to bed and sleep soundly while some poor Indonesian family gets swept out to sea and drown. At least it happens close enough now where I actually reflect on it more intensely and for longer.

I did have some fun though; I scared my folks with a panic SMS hahaha. Evil, I know, but hey I have no conscience… so anyway. Thank you for reading my article about the great earthquake. I hope you feel as deflated as I did.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
John Murphy
Rugby

The despised English introduced Rugby in 1858 and it became so popular that in 1902 there was a temporary ceasefire in the Second Boer War so that a game could be played between British and Boer forces. Read more...

1 comments 534 views
Submitted by
NomfundoMlaba
Dark side of a rainbow nation

As a privileged born free of South Africa, I am deeply agonised to see how much we as the privileged youth don’t appreciate the simple things in life. Read more...

8 comments 1168 views
Submitted by
Matjila Alejandro
Amplats’ cowardice should not be ...

I urge the powers-that-be to hurry and table legislation that would make what Amplats is doing illegal soon and to force other players to respect the workers’ right to strike and to fair bargaining. Read more...

11 comments 246 views
Submitted by
Reflect 014
Treachery part 4 - Ideology – the...

The author of pawns asserts that whichever side wins out, the internationalists of either persuasion will call for a world government as the only solution to handling humanities problems. Read more...

8 comments 111 views
Submitted by
Terence Wessels
It's hard not to give up!

I cry for my country, she is dying in front of us, and we are all powerless to stop her murderer. Read more...

13 comments 565 views
Submitted by
Bolsheviks Partysa
Government's proposed retirement ...

Members to the pension fund should remain in control of the funds and treasury and or government should allow members to withdraw the funds as and when they wish to do so. Read more...

12 comments 685 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.