When did this culture of over-reacting to earthquakes start?
Wellington city went crazy yesterday with people pouring out post-quake despite there being no substantial damage. At the other extreme, the school my teenage daughter attends in the city wouldn't let her leave unless a parent collected her, despite the buses running as normal. At least they were until people started driving into the city to collect those stranded by the cancellation of all train services (there was no damage to tracks either which surely could have been ascertained fairly quickly).
I left home at 3.20 and eventually met her at Dixon St at 5pm. The roads were grid-locked. It took me back to sitting at lights through many change-phases unable to go anywhere having driven in inner London for 5 years. Streets were awash with people going nowhere, along with the traffic.
Some precaution is reasonable but this over-reaction was nonsensical. The quickest way to get out of a city, if indeed the action is warranted, is not to force thousands to pour in to collect friends and family.
It wouldn't have happened in the past.
(And I see Trentham races have been cancelled today purely as a 'precautionary' measure and wonder about the economic cost.)
Elliott for Napier
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